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[wosht-out, wawsht-] /ˈwɒʃtˈaʊt, ˈwɔʃt-/
faded, especially from washing.
  1. weary; exhausted.
  2. tired-looking; wan.
Origin of washed-out
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for washed-out
Contemporary Examples
  • We live in a washed-out PC world where nobody in government wants to say the wrong thing so they say nothing at all.

Historical Examples
  • She had a faded, washed-out look, and her hair was thinning out.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Yes, he said; I know that they have a washed-out and ridiculous appearance.

    The Republic Plato
  • Allingham handed her the slip of washed-out paper that still lay on his desk.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow
  • Our men have become pulpy, washed-out, sore-corroded shadows of men.

  • The trail was an old one, and the sloping, washed-out rut was deep.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • It was himself—the man of the ruddy nose and washed-out complexion.

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
  • It was somewhat rolling, with here and there washed-out places.

    Our Little Cossack Cousin F. A. Postnikov
  • She is a washed-out woman, without a spark of energy in her composition.

    Rujub, the Juggler G. A. Henty
  • He gazed at his right hand man with a washed-out expression.

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