washing

[ wosh-ing, waw-shing ]
/ ˈwɒʃ ɪŋ, ˈwɔ ʃɪŋ /

noun

Origin of washing

First recorded in 1175–1225, washing is from the Middle English word wasschunge. See wash, -ing1

Definition for washing (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 washing (1 of 3)

washing

/ (ˈwɒʃɪŋ) /

noun

articles that have been or are to be washed together on a single occasion
liquid in which an article has been washed
something, such as gold dust or metal ore, that has been obtained by washing
a thin coat of something applied in liquid form

British Dictionary definitions for washing (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 washing (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 washing

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 washing

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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