[wosh-bawrd, -bohrd, wawsh-]
- a rectangular board or frame, typically with a corrugated metallic surface, on which clothes are rubbed in the process of washing.
- a baseboard around the walls of a room.
- Also called splashboard. Nautical.
- a thin, broad plank fastened to and projecting above the gunwale or side of a boat to keep out the spray and sea.
- a similar board on the sill of a port.
- resembling a washboard in being rough and bumpy: a washboard roadbed.
Origin of washboard
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He reached for the washboard as he ceased, and smiled lovingly on his mother.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
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The wind came in gusts, and now every flaw carried her down to the washboard.
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- a board having a surface, usually of corrugated metal, on which esp formerly, clothes were scrubbed
- such a board used as a rhythm instrument played with the fingers in skiffle, Country and Western music, etc
- a less common US word for skirting board
- a vertical planklike shield fastened to the gunwales of a boat to prevent water from splashing over the side
- Also called: splashboarda shield under a port for the same purpose
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Word Origin and History for washboard
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