wash·​tub ˈwȯsh-ˌtəb How to pronounce washtub (audio)
: a tub for washing or soaking clothes

Examples of washtub in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The woman’s cigarette found its way into the washtub, and the ensuing fire quickly became out of control. Jonathan Shikes, The Denver Post, 1 Feb. 2024 The kitchen could barely accommodate a metal washtub, a coal stove, and a dining table, spread with oysters and bread. Ismail Ibrahim, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024 Before a fire brigade arrived, people on DeKoven Street rushed out of their houses with washtubs full of water. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 Conklin whisked away the washtub, its contents colored by the tights’ aniline dye. Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, 21 June 2023 Working with Lair and the carpenters at the sanctuary, Soldier built an elephant-size xylophone, a drum, and a single-stringed instrument that looked like a washtub bass. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2023 Over wood fires Collier was making coffee in more than a dozen washtubs. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2023 Elsewhere, two women collaborated on a performance: one methodically washed pink panties and pinned them to a clothesline, while another, kneeling, repeatedly dunked her head in the washtub. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 Fill a clean washtub or sink with cool water. Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of washtub was in 1602

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“Washtub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washtub. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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wash·​tub -təb How to pronounce washtub (audio)
: a tub for washing or soaking clothes
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