[ doosh ]
/ duʃ /


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

1675–85; < French < Italian doccia water pipe, back formation from doccione drainpipe (where -one was taken as augmentative suffix) < Latin ductiōn- (stem of ductiō) drawing off, conveying (water), equivalent to duct(us), past participle of dūcere (see ductile) + -iōn- -ion


un·douched, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for douche

/ (duːʃ) /


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


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
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Medical definitions for douche

[ dōōsh ]


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.


To cleanse or treat by means of a douche.
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