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dishwater

[ dish-waw-ter, -wot-er ]
/ ˈdɪʃˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər /
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noun

water in which dishes are, or have been, washed.

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RELATED WORDS

tedious, repetitious, boring, repetitive, dreary, humdrum, tiresome, dull, ho-hum, plodding, mundane, hackneyed, vapid, stupid, dumb, corny, trite, bland, annoying, tiring

Nearby words

dishtowel, dishware, dishwasher, dishwasherproof, dishwashing, dishwater, dishy, disillusion, disillusioned, disillusionize, disillusionment

Idioms

    dull as dishwater/ditchwater, extremely dull; boring.

Origin of dishwater

First recorded in 1475–85; dish + water
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British Dictionary definitions for dull as dishwater

dishwater

/ (ˈdɪʃˌwɔːtə) /

noun

water in which dishes and kitchen utensils are or have been washed
something resembling thisthat was dishwater, not coffee
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

Word Origin and History for dull as dishwater

dishwater


n.

also dish-water, "water where dishes have been washed," late 15c., from dish (n.) + water (n.). Used figuratively of weak broth, coffee, etc., from 1719.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with dull as dishwater (1 of 2)

dull as dishwater


Boring, tedious, as in That lecture was dull as dishwater. The original simile, dull as ditchwater, dating from the 1700s, alluded to the muddy water in roadside ditches. In the first half of the 1900s, perhaps through mispronunciation, it became dishwater, that is, the dingy, grayish water in which dirty dishes had soaked.

Idioms and Phrases with dull as dishwater (2 of 2)

dishwater


see dull as dishwater.

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