wash·​tub | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌtəb How to pronounce washtub (audio) , ˈwäsh- \

Definition of washtub

: a tub for washing or soaking clothes

Examples of washtub in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During this siege, several sturgeon in the 5-foot range jumped several times around the boat, landing with a giant whomp and whirl the size of a washtub. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "These lakes are open for camping, fishing now," 23 May 2020 Over time, the enzymes in detergents have changed and the physical design of the washtub has evolved. David Kender, USA TODAY, "The 3 biggest myths about doing laundry," 19 Feb. 2020 The best part of any haircut experience – the shampoo station – is tucked away with lounge seats and relaxing washtubs. orlandosentinel.com, "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Beauty & Wellness winners," 6 Oct. 2019 Meat was sold from a washtub until the business moved to its present location — a shotgun-style house — in 1964. Mary Bergin, chicagotribune.com, "It’s all about the barbecue at no-frills Arkansas diner with unpredictable hours — and a James Beard Award," 26 Aug. 2019 During warm days, recalls Niels Diffrient, the office suffered from a lack of air conditioning, The solution was filling a massive washtub with a chuck of ice and lemonade, and sometimes, a few bottles of gin. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 Lozman will be back inside the high court Tuesday, five years after winning a legal battle over a floating home — please don't call it a houseboat — that had the justices ruminating about inner tubes, wooden washtubs and plastic dishpans. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "'Rich white boy with nothing to do' back before Supreme Court arguing for free speech," 25 Feb. 2018 Big Chicken spent half a year being beaten like a washtub by the president* and the other half running out to get the president* a sandwich. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The State of the Journalism Industry, in Two Stories," 30 Jan. 2018 As soon as a cycle ends, empty the machine to prevent a smell from developing in the washtub, which may then be transferred to your clothes and linens. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Washing Machine — And Yes, You Need to Do It," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of washtub

1602, in the meaning defined above

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“Washtub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washtub. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of washtub

: a tub used especially in the past for washing dirty clothes, towels, sheets, etc.


wash·​tub | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌtəb How to pronounce washtub (audio) , ˈwäsh- \

Kids Definition of washtub

: a tub for washing clothes or for soaking them before washing

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