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[dish-klawth, -kloth] /ˈdɪʃˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural dishcloths
[dish-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈdɪʃˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA)
a cloth for use in washing dishes; dishrag.
Also, British, dishclout
[dish-klout] /ˈdɪʃˌklaʊt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of dishcloth
First recorded in 1820-30; dish + cloth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the fireplace a dishcloth is hanging on one of the fire-iron holders.

  • Exultant Bobs could not refrain from waving the dishcloth she still held.

    Bobs, a Girl Detective

    Grace May North
  • The dishcloth was hung away now, and every bit of work was done.

  • There, said she, look at that dishcloth; somebodys comin sure as preachin.

    Randy's Summer Amy Brooks
  • I did so, chose a dishcloth, and started to dry a pyramid of wet plates.

  • Samantha wiped her eyes surreptitiously with the dishcloth and turned a scarlet face away from the window.

    Timothy's Quest Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • One dishcloth and a couple of towels hung on a line across the corner of the room over the stove.

    An Oregon Girl Alfred Ernest Rice
  • Putting the pan away under the shelf, he hung the dishcloth beside its mate on the line, and carefully stretched it out to dry.

    An Oregon Girl Alfred Ernest Rice
  • He paddled ashore and hopped, drippin like a dishcloth, alongside the truck wagon.

British Dictionary definitions for dishcloth


a cloth or rag for washing or drying dishes Also called (dialect) dishclout (ˈdɪʃˌkluːt)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dishcloth

also dish-cloth, 1828, from dish (n.) + cloth. It relegated earlier dish-clout (1520s) to dialect.

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