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[bath-tuhb, bahth-] /ˈbæθˌtʌb, ˈbɑθ-/
a tub to bathe in, especially one that is a permanent fixture in a bathroom.
Origin of bathtub
First recorded in 1825-35; bath1 + tub Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That is why you are always cold after you leave the bathtub until you are dry.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • The next thing Sammy knew, he was standing in his own bathtub, wet and shivering.

    The Goody-Naughty Book Sarah Cory Rippey
  • It was just like it is when you pull the stopper out of the bathtub.

  • In our flat we did not think of such a thing as storing the coal in the bathtub.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • Besides, he doesn't have to be dressed up all the time and live in a bathtub the way I do.'

    Andiron Tales John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for bathtub


a bath, esp one not permanently fixed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bathtub

1837, from bath + tub. Prohibition-era bathtub gin is recorded by 1928.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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