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  1. a large pan in which dishes, pots, etc., are washed.
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Origin of dishpan

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; dish + pan1
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Examples from the Web for dishpan

Historical Examples

  • If he could give a Scarecrow brains he might be able to find my dishpan.

    The Lost Princess of Oz

    L. Frank Baum

  • And is the dishpan still at the castle of Ugu the Shoemaker?

  • First he took the Great Book of Records and put it in the dishpan.

  • Then the cook came out and beat a tattoo on the bottom of a dishpan.

  • He does so, and finds that some power is opposing him, holding the dishpan to one place.

British Dictionary definitions for dishpan


  1. mainly US and Canadian a large pan for washing dishes, pots, etc
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Word Origin and History for dishpan


"pan in which dishes are washed," 1872, from dish (n.) + pan (n.). Dishpan hands attested from 1944.

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