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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for dishclout
Historical Examples
  • "There's a mote in't," quo' the man when he swallowed the dishclout.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Marinilla at the Venta Tejada is a dishclout in comparison with her.

    The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Our Lady is not Joan of the dishclout, that such draught-house ragpickers as you should be pinned to her tail.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • Mrs. MacCall wiped her eyes, declaring that "such goings-on wrung the tears out o' her jest like water out of a dishclout!"

  • Mony time I hae got a wipe wi' a towel, but ne'er a daub wi' a dishclout before.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Mistress before folk, gudewife behint backs; whaur lies the dishclout?

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • But Tom made him this impudent answer, "A dishclout in your teeth for your news, for you shall not find me to be one of them!"

    Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales David Goodger (
  • “A Barcelona napkin, as wet as a dishclout, and I have just lent him one of my own overlays,” said Triptolemus.

    The Pirate

    Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for dishclout


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 dishclout



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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