[wosh-tuhb, wawsh-]


a tub for use in washing clothes, linens, etc.

Origin of washtub

First recorded in 1595–1605; wash + tub
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Examples from the Web for washtub

Historical Examples of washtub

  • We found Peter out behind his kitchen, bending over a washtub.

    My Antonia

    Willa Cather

  • "You'll have to use a washtub for the punch, to make enough for all of them," said Patsy.

    A Woman at Bay

    Nicholas Carter

  • To stand at a washtub and wash his clothes, if it were wanted.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope

  • She found a little girl of twelve standing on a stool over a washtub.

    Civics and Health

    William H. Allen

  • To-day I borrowed a washtub from a native and washed my clothes.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man

    Lawrence Van Alstyne

British Dictionary definitions for washtub



a tub or large container used for washing anything, esp clothes
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