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 To clean your face, either at the gym or back home, Kiehl’s face wash and moisturizer are an invigorating step in any washup routine. Naveen Kumar, CNN Underscored, 23 Sep. 2020 The old washup area became a walk-in pantry A half-wall divides the kitchen from the family room. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, 5 July 2012 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One never knows what the ocean current will wash up along the South Florida shoreline. Emmett Hall, Sun Sentinel, 9 June 2022 Dead adult oarfish periodically wash up on beaches. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 July 2022 Every year, starting around November, members of the species wash up on shores, dead, sick or injured. Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 Especially in the 1960s, before an ingenious fisheries program of stocking of trout and salmon curtailed alewife numbers, the small fish would wash up in windrows, fouling shorelines each summer. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2022 Jellyfish that wash up on the beach offer fascination for children. John Christopher Fine, Sun Sentinel, 2 June 2022 The last third of the film focuses on a subset of the passengers and crew, who wash up on an island and quickly realize that none of them has the skills to last even a few days in the wild. Peter Debruge, Variety, 21 May 2022 Most whales, one of the world’s least studied animals, live almost entirely in deep water and rarely wash up on shore. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 Americans have seen prices rise 7.9% over the past 12 months, while Britons expect similar inflation to wash up on their shores this spring. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washup. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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