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[dich-waw-ter, -wot-er]
  1. water, especially stagnant and dirty water, that has collected in a ditch.
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  1. dull as ditchwater. dishwater(def 2).
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Origin of ditchwater

1275–1325; Middle English. See ditch, water
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Examples from the Web for ditchwater

Historical Examples

  • "They're as dull as ditchwater, the whole gang of them," he said.

    The Trembling of a Leaf

    William Somerset Maugham

  • He looks as though hes so nice hell be as dull as ditchwater.

    Famous Flyers

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • And, you know this place is as dull as ditchwater unless one does something.

    The Hermit of Far End

    Margaret Pedler

  • Dull as ditchwater, you'd think; but no, I don't find it so.

    Crome Yellow

    Aldous Huxley

  • Mrs. Bodfish and Mrs. Ditchwater are talking in confidential undertones on a settee.

British Dictionary definitions for ditchwater


  1. stagnant water
  2. as dull as ditchwater or ditchwater extremely uninspiring
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