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[wosh-klawth, -kloth, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ, ˈwɔʃ-/
noun, plural washcloths
[wosh-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs, ˈwɔʃ-/ (Show IPA)
a small cloth for washing one's face or body.
Also called facecloth, washrag.
Origin of washcloth
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05; wash + cloth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then I mumbled thanks, and reached wearily for my washcloth.

    Have We No Rights? Mabel Williamson
  • A washstand should be furnished with a sponge or washcloth, and a small towel, for wiping the basin after using it.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher
  • A washcloth can be made thus by weaving it of narrow pieces of cheesecloth.

  • After we had finished with the basin of hot water, Mrs. Wong took advantage of it, having found her own washcloth in the meantime.

    Have We No Rights? Mabel Williamson
  • Hanging on a wooden peg driven into a hole, drilled in the cabin's wall, were a clean towel and washcloth.

    The Spell of the White Sturgeon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • When I blew the last note, I was wrung out as a washcloth, but I summoned the energy to zip over to the hatch and block it.

British Dictionary definitions for washcloth


another name for dishcloth
(US & Canadian) a small piece of cloth used to wash the face and hands Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) face cloth, flannel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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