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[wosh-dey, wawsh-]
  1. the day set apart in a household for washing clothes: Monday is always washday at our house.
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Origin of washday

First recorded in 1840–50; wash + day
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Examples from the Web for washday

Historical Examples

  • This made it washday for Elizabeth and the tribe, and presently all the lines were full.

    Dwellers in Arcady

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • They little thought that Monday would afterward be kept as washday.

  • It is washday all the week round, for a change of clothing is scarce among the poor.

  • And Mrs. Ducker calls to see Ma nearly every washday now, just when she's busiest, and so Pa has to sit and entertain her.

    Anderson Crow, Detective

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • But over here, with coal and wood even scarcer, we drill on washday, whether or no.

British Dictionary definitions for washday


  1. a day on which clothes and linen are washed, often the same day each week
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