[ dish-wosh-ing, -waw-shing ]


  1. the act of washing dishes.


  1. of, relating to, or intended for washing dishes:

    different brands of dishwashing liquid.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dishwashing1

First recorded in 1850–55; dish ( def ) + washing ( def )
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Example Sentences

Cleaning product manufacturers put antimicrobial compounds into soaps and dishwashing liquid.

She also had to work, she told Charlie Rose, 30 hours a week in low-wage jobs—waitressing, dishwashing, retail—to pay her way, and she worried that she could not take full advantage of what her Ivy League education offered.

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In addition to the panic-buying of disinfecting wipes, paper towels and bleach, consumers stocked up on laundry detergent and dishwashing soap.

Many parolees used to walk door-to-door to restaurants looking for dishwashing or server positions.

That doesn’t meant we haven’t had to adapt, changing our shopping habits, our recipes, our dishwashing frequency, our meals out and frankly, our expectations.

So the dishwashing was a singularly pleasant little ceremony, only too short, Pippin thought.

Thus there were two winners—two who escaped dishwashing; and Hawkeye's bragging became insufferable.

Of course we like to have you girls go along; but usually girls do the grub-getting and dishwashing on a picnic.

Boraxated soap chips will benefit your tableware and your hands making dishwashing a pleasure instead of a task.

He waved his hand at a circle of white spots that lay just outside the firelight, and turned to begin his dishwashing.