wash·​up | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌəp How to pronounce washup (audio) , ˈwäsh-\

Definition of washup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or process of washing clean

wash up

washed up; washing up; washes 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

Agnes' boat washed up onshore but Agnes' body has not been found. Joe Haakenson, latimes.com, "Huntington Beach’s Brett Simpson to compete in Jack’s Surfboards Pro," 23 Mar. 2018 Everyone views him as a jester, a washed up has-been. SI.com, "4 Steps Manchester United Need to Take to Become Great Again," 12 July 2019 This can help determine whether a new spill has occurred or whether nurdles that have been out in the ocean for a while are simply washing up on shore. Julissa Treviño, WIRED, "Little Plastic 'Nurdles' Are Flooding Beaches and Waterways," 10 July 2019 Get ready for some proper grafting, cracking on, and mugging off, because on Tuesday night, the U.S. version of British reality-romance sensation Love Island washes up on CBS shores. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Love Island stars share advice for their U.S. counterparts ahead of CBS premiere," 9 July 2019 And when rain washes up on the land, fertilizers can potentially leech into the water itself. NBC News, "Scientists discover the world's biggest seaweed patch. They say it could be the 'new normal.'," 9 July 2019 According to Expansion, a Mexican business magazine, hotels in Quintana Roo saw a decrease in visitors in June due in part to the heaps of unsightly, foul-smelling seaweed washing up on the beaches. Zoe Sottile And Ella Hurworth, CNN, "Record-breaking seaweed bloom stretches from West Africa to Mexico," 5 July 2019 Grant Hindsley for The New York Times When a pungent 40-foot whale carcass washed up a few beaches away, Stefanie Worwag and Mario Rivera did what any good neighbors would do. New York Times, "A Beached Whale Needs Somewhere to Rot. How About Your Place?," 17 June 2019 Scoot hasn’t raised venture funding since 2016, before the wave of lightweight stand-up kick scooters available for short-term rental via smartphone app washed up in U.S. cities. Johana Bhuiyan, latimes.com, "Bird buys Scoot — and a back door into San Francisco’s rental scooter market," 12 June 2019

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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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