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  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.
  3. an instrument, as a syringe, for administering it.
  4. a bath administered by such a jet.
  5. Slang: Vulgar. douche bag(def 2).
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verb (used with object), douched, douch·ing.
  1. to apply a douche to.
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verb (used without object), douched, douch·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsun·douched, adjective
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Related Words for douche

shower, tub, dive, plunge, permeate, impregnate, suffuse, soak, wash, pervade, douse, infuse, penetrate, imbue, steep, immerse, drench, cleanse, rinse, expel

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Historical Examples of douche

  • The realization was like a douche of cold water, in spite of all he had seen and knew.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • But in her words, to be sure, were a douche cold enough for Khalid.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • I have built a douche, and am to go on through all the winter, frost or no frost.

  • WINE will be an extra charge; as are warm, vapor, and douche baths.


    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • And if there is any period when a woman needs a douche it is during menstruation.


    William J. Robinson

British Dictionary definitions for douche


  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
  3. an instrument, such as a special syringe, for applying a douche
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  1. to cleanse or treat or be cleansed or treated by means of a douche
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Word Origin for douche

C18: from French, from Italian doccia, pipe; related to Latin ductus duct
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Word Origin and History for douche


1766, "jet of water," from French douche (16c.), from Italian doccia "shower," from docciare "to spray," from Latin ductionem "a leading," from ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "vaginal cleansing" is from 1833. The verb is first attested 1838. Related: Douched; douching.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

douche in Medicine


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