Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[dish-wosh-er, -waw-sher] /ˈdɪʃˌwɒʃ ər, -ˌwɔ ʃər/
a person who washes dishes.
a machine for washing dishes, kitchen utensils, etc., automatically.
Origin of dishwasher
First recorded in 1520-30; dish + washer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for dishwasher
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • So he helped cheerily as dishwasher and assistant housemaid, this gunfighting sheriff of Badger.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • If it's a dishwasher for Ma that you want, why, I'll have to get one, that's all.

    In Apple-Blossom Time Clara Louise Burnham
  • The soulless machine that had been clearing the table floated out of the room, the dishwasher in its rectangular belly gurgling.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • The very thought of her, a dishwasher in a country hotel, going on the stage!

    The Homesteader Oscar Micheaux
  • When the dirty side is full, the clean side is empty, so you cycle the dishwasher and the clean side becomes dirty and vice-versa.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for dishwasher


an electrically operated machine for washing, rinsing, and drying dishes, cutlery, etc
a person who washes dishes, etc
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 dishwasher

also dish-washer, mid-15c. of persons; 1867 of machines; from dish (n.) + washer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for dishwasher

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for dishwasher

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for dishwasher