wash·​cloth | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌklȯth How to pronounce washcloth (audio) , ˈwäsh- \

Definition of washcloth

: a cloth that is used for washing one's face and body

called also facecloth, washrag

Examples of washcloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My sister-in-law, instead of providing us all with paper napkins, gave everyone either a washcloth or a clean, but formerly used, cloth diaper. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Enlisting the dog to get the message across," 5 Sep. 2020 Researchers used a slightly damp washcloth in another experiment. USA Today, "Cotton mask or neck fleece? Check out how effective different kinds of masks are," 16 Aug. 2020 The washcloth blocked nearly all those droplets from the person's mouth. USA Today, "Cotton mask or neck fleece? Check out how effective different kinds of masks are," 16 Aug. 2020 Noble advises against using a reusable washcloth for these solutions. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "The cheaper, greener alternatives to Clorox wipes," 11 Aug. 2020 Massage it over skin, then immediately wipe it off with a washcloth soaked in tepid water. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "11 Do-It-Yourself Home Face Masks That Bring The Spa To You," 22 May 2020 Simply rinse a soft washcloth in cold water or dip it in ice water, then hold it against your lips. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Sunburned Lips: The Best Ways to Soothe and Heal Them, According to Dermatologists," 2 July 2020 Volunteers, operating under the safety regulations outlined by government entities, are distributing food bags, a toiletry bag, homemade washcloths and homemade cookies to school families. Alex Harrison, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio: Kindness, levity in the chaos - big tips, impromptu jigs, carryout TP," 19 Mar. 2020 Another option Messina recommended to treat soreness and tension associated with grinding is to massage the sides of your face or to press a warm washcloth against jaw muscles. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "Getting to the dentist during a pandemic," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of washcloth

1863, in the meaning defined above

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9 Sep 2020

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“Washcloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washcloth. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of washcloth

US : a small piece of cloth that you use to wash your face and body


wash·​cloth | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌklȯth How to pronounce washcloth (audio) , ˈwäsh- \

Kids Definition of washcloth

: a small towel for washing the face and body

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