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[wosh-rag, wawsh-]
  1. washcloth.
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Origin of washrag

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; wash + rag1
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Examples from the Web for washrag

Historical Examples

  • I washed my face and lay on the cot with a washrag soaked in cold water on my throbbing eye.

    Cue for Quiet

    Thomas L. Sherred

  • Unfortunately he hated water and was said by the naughty-minded to turn seasick at the touch of a washrag.

    Wilderness of Spring

    Edgar Pangborn

  • The washrag, by an unhappy coincidence, was a brand-new one, and my face was some years old.

  • And so it went, the adament ink going from washrag to face and from face back to washrag.

  • "If Zaidee was in need of that washrag, she'd be a blackamoor before she gets it," said Eunice.

    Cricket at the Seashore

    Elizabeth Westyn Timlow

British Dictionary definitions for washrag


  1. US another word for flannel (def. 4)
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