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[wosh-tuhb, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌtʌb, ˈwɔʃ-/
a tub for use in washing clothes, linens, etc.
Origin of washtub
First recorded in 1595-1605; wash + tub Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for washtub
Historical Examples
  • We found Peter out behind his kitchen, bending over a washtub.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • "You'll have to use a washtub for the punch, to make enough for all of them," said Patsy.

    A Woman at Bay Nicholas Carter
  • To stand at a washtub and wash his clothes, if it were wanted.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope
  • She found a little girl of twelve standing on a stool over a washtub.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • To-day I borrowed a washtub from a native and washed my clothes.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • Various of the females also decidedly objected to taking their turns at the washtub.

  • She looked at me and went all colours, and then she went back to her washtub.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • She could not have crawled through her own washtub if she had knocked the bottom out of it.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • Not a single heroine of the washtub, the scrubbing-brush, or the milk-pail.

    Comrades Thomas Dixon
  • He must have been having a bath in the spring, which was almost as large as a washtub.

British Dictionary definitions for washtub


a tub or large container used for washing anything, esp clothes
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