douche

[ doosh ]
/ duʃ /
See synonyms for: douche / douched / douching on Thesaurus.com

noun

verb (used with object), douched, douch·ing.

to apply a douche to.

verb (used without object), douched, douch·ing.

to use a douche or douches; undergo douching.

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Origin of douche

First recorded in 1675–85; from French, from Italian doccia “water pipe,” back formation from doccione “drainpipe” (where -one was interpreted as an augmentative suffix), from Latin ductiōn- (stem of ductiō ) “drawing off, conveying (water),” equivalent to duct(us), past participle of dūcere “to draw along” + -iōn- noun suffix; see ductile, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM douche

un·douched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for douche

douche
/ (duːʃ) /

noun

a stream of water or air directed onto the body surface or into a body cavity, for cleansing or medical purposes
the application of such a stream of water or air
an instrument, such as a special syringe, for applying a douche

verb

to cleanse or treat or be cleansed or treated by means of a douche

Word Origin for douche

C18: from French, from Italian doccia, pipe; related to Latin ductus duct
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

Medical definitions for douche

douche
[ dōōsh ]

n.

A stream of water, often containing medicinal or cleansing agents, that is applied to a body part or cavity for hygienic or therapeutic purposes.
An instrument for applying a douche.

v.

To cleanse or treat by means of a douche.
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