[wosh-rag, wawsh-]

Origin of washrag

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

Historical Examples of washrag

  • 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

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

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

  • "Cricket is afraid she'll get her washrag done, if she works on it," laughed 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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