awash

[ uh-wosh, uh-wawsh ]
/ əˈwɒʃ, əˈwɔʃ /

adjective, adverb

Nautical.
  1. just level with or scarcely above the surface of the water, so that waves break over the top.
  2. overflowing with water, as the upper deck of a ship in a heavy sea.
covered with water.
washing about; tossed about by the waves.
covered, filled, or crowded: streets awash with shoppers; a garden awash in brilliant colors.

Origin of awash

First recorded in 1825–35; a-1 + wash

Definition for awash (2 of 2)

Awash

[ ah-wahsh ]
/ ˈɑ wɑʃ /

noun

a river in E Ethiopia, flowing NE through the Great Rift Valley to near the Djibouti border. 500 miles (805 km) long.
Also Ha·wash [hah-wahsh] /ˈhɑ wɑʃ/
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British Dictionary definitions for awash

awash

/ (əˈwɒʃ) /

adverb, adjective (postpositive) nautical

at a level even with the surface of the sea
washed over by the waves
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Word Origin and History for awash

awash


adj.

1825, originally nautical, "on the level of, flush with," from a- (1) "on" + wash (n.). Figurative use by 1912.

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