[dish-tou-uh l]


a towel for drying dishes.

Origin of dishtowel

First recorded in 1865–70; dish + towel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dishtowel

Historical Examples of dishtowel

  • Mrs. Robinson hung away her dishtowel; then she faced Esther.

  • She had run out to the corner of the house, dishtowel in hand, to watch their movements as far as she could see them.

    Mildred Keith

    Martha Finley

  • Mary went into the tent, which she apparently shared with Natalie; and presently reappeared with a dishtowel.

    Two on the Trail

    Hulbert Footner

  • The old man was raving at Chavela, who seemed frozen to one spot, a dishtowel over her arm.

    When the Owl Cries

    Paul Bartlett

  • And then Marge is in the doorway, dishtowel in her hand and little anger spots in her cheeks.

    The Worlds of Joe Shannon

    Frank M. Robinson

British Dictionary definitions for dishtowel



mainly US and Canadian a towel for drying dishes and kitchen utensilsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): tea towel
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