[dish-klawth, -kloth]

noun, plural dish·cloths [dish-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈdɪʃˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/.

a cloth for use in washing dishes; dishrag.

Also British, dish·clout [dish-klout] /ˈdɪʃˌklaʊt/.

Origin of dishcloth

First recorded in 1820–30; dish + cloth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dishclout

Historical Examples of dishclout

  • "There's a mote in't," quo' the man when he swallowed the dishclout.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • Marinilla at the Venta Tejada is a dishclout in comparison with her.

    The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes

    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

  • Our Lady is not Joan of the Dishclout, that such draught-house ragpickers as you should be pinned to her tail.

    Joan of the Sword Hand

    S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett

  • Mrs. MacCall wiped her eyes, declaring that "such goings-on wrung the tears out o' her jest like water out of a dishclout!"

  • Mony time I hae got a wipe wi' a towel, but ne'er a daub wi' a dishclout before.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

British Dictionary definitions for dishclout



a cloth or rag for washing or drying dishesAlso called (dialect): dishclout (ˈdɪʃˌkluːt)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for dishclout



also dish-cloth, 1828, from dish (n.) + cloth. It relegated earlier dish-clout (1520s) to dialect.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper