[dish-wosh-er, -waw-sher]


a person who washes dishes.
a machine for washing dishes, kitchen utensils, etc., automatically.

Origin of dishwasher

First recorded in 1520–30; dish + washer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dishwasher

Contemporary Examples of dishwasher

Historical Examples of dishwasher

  • If it's a dishwasher for Ma that you want, why, I'll have to get one, that's all.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham

  • The very thought of her, a dishwasher in a country hotel, going on the stage!

    The Homesteader

    Oscar Micheaux

  • And this is why it was that, the next morning, the little Circle City road-house was minus a dishwasher and all round handyman.

  • He secured a job as dishwasher in a restaurant and received five dollars a week and his chuck as wages.

  • The soulless machine that had been clearing the table floated out of the room, the dishwasher in its rectangular belly gurgling.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for dishwasher



an electrically operated machine for washing, rinsing, and drying dishes, cutlery, etc
a person who washes dishes, etc
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 dishwasher

also dish-washer, mid-15c. of persons; 1867 of machines; from dish (n.) + washer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper