washed-out

[ wosht-out, wawsht- ]
/ ˈwɒʃtˈaʊt, ˈwɔʃt- /

adjective

faded, especially from washing.
Informal.
  1. weary; exhausted.
  2. tired-looking; wan.

Origin of washed-out

First recorded in 1830–40

Definition for washed out (2 of 2)

Origin of wash

before 900; Middle English washen (v.), Old English wascan (cognate with Dutch wasschen, German waschen, Old Norse vaska) < Germanic *watskan, equivalent to *wat- (root of water) + *-sk- v. suffix + *-an infinitive suffix
SYNONYMS FOR wash
4 bedew.
5 bathe.
24 ablution, cleansing, bathing.
Related formspre·wash, noun, verb (used with object)re·wash, verbun·der·wash, verbwell-washed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for washed out (1 of 3)

washed out


adjective (washed-out when prenominal)

faded or colourless
exhausted, esp when being pale in appearance

British Dictionary definitions for washed out (2 of 3)

Wash

/ (wɒʃ) /

noun

the Wash a shallow inlet of the North Sea on the E coast of England, between Lincolnshire and Norfolk

British Dictionary definitions for washed out (3 of 3)

wash

/ (wɒʃ) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for wash

Old English wæscan, waxan; related to Old High German wascan; see water
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Medicine definitions for washed out

wash

[ wŏsh ]

v.

To cleanse, using water or other liquid, usually with soap, detergent, or bleach, by immersing, dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing.
To make moist or wet.

n.

The act or process of cleansing or washing.
A solution used to cleanse or bathe a part.
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Idioms and Phrases with washed out (1 of 2)

washed out


Faded in color; also, lacking animation. For example, This carpet is all washed out from the sun, or He looks all washed out. [Late 1700s; early 1800s] Also see wash out, def. 3.

Idioms and Phrases with washed out (2 of 2)

wash


In addition to the idioms beginning with wash

  • wash down
  • washed out
  • washed up
  • wash one's dirty linen in public
  • wash one's hands of
  • wash out
  • wash up

also see:

  • come out in the wash
  • won't wash
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