a large pipe that carries away the discharge of waste pipes, soil pipes, etc.

Origin of drainpipe

First recorded in 1855–60; drain + pipe1
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Related Words for drainpipe

gutter, trench, conduit, drainpipe, cesspool, cloaca

Examples from the Web for drainpipe

Contemporary Examples of drainpipe

  • Shaaban was the man credited with finding Gaddafi hiding in a drainpipe in Sirte on Oct. 20, 2011.

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    Libyan Refugees Flee Siege of Bani Walid

    Jamie Dettmer

    October 22, 2012

  • Gru has a classic no-frills jacket with zipper, plus businesslike turtleneck, drainpipe trousers, and pointed Mod boots.

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    Villains as Fashion Heroes

    Sean Macaulay

    July 8, 2010

Historical Examples of drainpipe

  • A drainpipe from the bottom of the tank is also desirable to draw off the accumulations of sediment.

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    Henry N. Ogden

  • A small window from the adjoining lavatory opened on to a drainpipe.

  • It was a piece of drainpipe with a rough rim at the edge of the hole.

  • In most communities drain pipes are installed and repaired and in every way controlled by gentlemen who are drainpipe specialists.

  • I couldn't carry it with me; I tore out the leaf, stuck the book into the drainpipe, and ran.

British Dictionary definitions for drainpipe



a pipe for carrying off rainwater, sewage, etc; downpipe
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