all-purpose

[ awl-pur-puh s ]
/ ˈɔlˈpɜr pəs /

adjective

for every purpose: an all-purpose detergent.

Nearby words

  1. all-over,
  2. all-overs,
  3. all-pass,
  4. all-points bulletin,
  5. all-powerful,
  6. all-right,
  7. all-round,
  8. all-rounder,
  9. all-singing all-dancing,
  10. all-sorts

Origin of all-purpose

First recorded in 1925–30

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British Dictionary definitions for all-purpose

all-purpose

adjective

useful for many things
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Word Origin and History for all-purpose

all-purpose

adj.

1877, from all + purpose (n.).

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