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 And, for five years in a row, tens of thousands of starved sea birds have washed up in Alaska. Abby Jones, The Conversation, "Rotting feral pig carcasses teach scientists what happens when tons of animals die all at once, as in Australia’s bushfires," 10 Jan. 2020 Numerous dismembered feet have washed up along British Columbia shores during the last decade, and many have been tied to missing people. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Human foot washed ashore outside downtown Juneau building," 7 Jan. 2020 Chunks of debris from the Garbage Patch often wash up across Hawaii’s shores, and because of its geographic location, Big Island—the largest of the Hawaiian archipelago—is particularly susceptible. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Hawaii Museum Has Eliminated the Sale of All Single-Use Plastics," 27 Dec. 2019 Discarded plastics have washed up on the shores of remote islands. Los Angeles Times, "Microplastic in the atmosphere is making its way to the pristine Arctic," 15 Aug. 2019 More than 80 Guadalupe fur seals have also washed up dead or are barely hanging on to life on California beaches in the first five months of this year, five years into already alarming mortality rates for the species. Nick Rahaim, SFChronicle.com, "How is climate change is effecting oceans? Check the tide pools," 21 June 2019 More than 100 tons of dead fish have washed up on the shores of southwest Florida as a result of a natural disaster known as red tide. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Florida’s Red Tide is Killing Hundreds of Sea Animals," 16 Aug. 2018 Thick mats of seaweed have washed up on South Florida beaches in recent weeks, creating a tangled, squishy barrier between swimmers and the ocean. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Seaweed assaults South Florida beaches," 20 June 2018 About that black sand: No, there wasn’t an oil spill that washed up on the beach. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Sunday getaway to San Francisco’s Fort Funston," 23 Nov. 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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“Washup.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washup. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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