Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

dishcloth

[dish-klawth, -kloth] /ˈdɪʃˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural dishcloths
[dish-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈdɪʃˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a cloth for use in washing dishes; dishrag.
Also, British, dishclout
[dish-klout] /ˈdɪʃˌklaʊt/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin of dishcloth
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; dish + cloth
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for dishcloth
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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

dishcloth

/ˈdɪʃˌklɒθ/
noun
1.
a cloth or rag for washing or drying dishes Also called (dialect) dishclout (ˈdɪʃˌkluːt)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for dishcloth
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for dishcloth

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for dishcloth

18
18
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for dishcloth