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See synonyms for: douchedoucheddouching on

  1. a jet or current of water, sometimes with a dissolved medicating or cleansing agent, applied to a body part, organ, or cavity for medicinal or hygienic purposes.

  2. the application of such a jet.

  1. an instrument, as a syringe, for administering it.

  2. a bath administered by such a jet.

  3. Slang: Vulgar. douchebag (def. 2).

verb (used with object),douched, douch·ing.
  1. to apply a douche to.

verb (used without object),douched, douch·ing.
  1. to use a douche or douches; undergo douching.

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

Words Nearby douche Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use douche in a sentence

  • Not running your company into the ground like every other Wall Street douche.

    10 Hot Valentines | Jessi Klein | February 14, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • She was just made up, along with the table dhte and the chambres garnies and the douche and the jardin dagrment.

  • He thought for a moment that she had dropped dead and the shock of the business pulled him together like a douche of cold water.

    The Beach of Dreams | H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Salome was silent, feeling rather disappointed at this douche of cold water over her schemes of authorship.

    Salome | Emma Marshall
  • Toward evening she was taken out again for half an hour's walk, and before she went to rest had a douche or a swim in the river.

  • The door came back, letting in a douche of cold rain and a black shadow which leaped for the security of the center of the room.

    Ralestone Luck | Andre Norton

British Dictionary definitions for douche


/ (duːʃ) /

  1. a stream of water or air directed onto the body surface or into a body cavity, for cleansing or medical purposes

  2. the application of such a stream of water or air

  1. an instrument, such as a special syringe, for applying a douche

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

Origin of douche

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

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