wash·up | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌəp , ˈwäsh- \

Definition of washup 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or process of washing clean

wash up


Definition of wash up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to be deposited by or as if by a swell of waves seaweed washed up on the shore

2 : to wash one's face and hands

3 British : to wash the dishes after a meal

transitive verb

1 : to get rid of by washing wash up the spilled milk

Examples of washup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The old washup area became a walk-in pantry A half-wall divides the kitchen from the family room. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Mission Accomplished," 5 July 2012

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In The Tempest, a crew of Italians washes up on the shores of a mysterious island. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Puzzled by Westworld? Look to Shakespeare.," 26 June 2018 The rare pygmy sperm whale that washed up on an Ipswich beach and later died will be taken to the New England Aquarium for an necropsy, an official said. BostonGlobe.com, "Necropsy planned for rare pygmy sperm whale found on Ipswich beach," 13 June 2018 Last year, a strange fanged ‘sea creature’ that washed up on a Texas beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey quickly went viral after images were posted on Twitter. Fox News, "Strange 'bird fish' goes viral: What is this creature?," 12 June 2018 The only physical sign of the plane has been debris that washed up in eastern Africa and nearby islands, far from where experts believed the flight disappeared. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Search for missing MH370 plane ends but mystery remains," 29 May 2018 Photographs of Layla’s mother, Mariam, clutching her daughter’s limp body in a Gaza hospital ward have become a potent political symbol, like those of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian infant whose body washed up on a Turkish beach. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "A Child of Gaza Dies. A Symbol Is Born. The Arguing Begins.," 16 May 2018 Thick mats of seaweed are washing up on South Florida beaches, creating foul-smelling barriers between swimmers and the ocean. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Seaweed assaults South Florida beaches," 20 June 2018 The Atlantic bottlenose dolphin — bitten by a shark and also sick with pneumonia — was found washed up on the beach in March near Jacksonville. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Dolphin, bitten by shark, one step closer to being released," 14 May 2018 So why are all these feet washing up on the shores of British Columbia? Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "A 14th human foot washes ashore in Canada," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of washup


1884, in the meaning defined above


1664, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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