ˈwȯsht-ˈəp How to pronounce washed-up (audio)
: no longer successful, skillful, popular, or needed
washed-up athletes
a washed-up actor

Examples of washed-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Forget washed-up — Escola might not yet be a widely recognizable name, but the 37-year-old is on track to become one of the most original and influential voices in the alternative comedy scene. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2024 She was shocked these kids didn’t see her as washed-up. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 25 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of washed-up was in 1928

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“Washed-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washed-up. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: no longer successful, popular, or needed

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