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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wosh-ing, waw-shing]
    • /ˈwɒʃ ɪŋ, ˈwɔ ʃɪŋ/
    • /ˈwɒʃɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wosh-ing, waw-shing]
    • /ˈwɒʃ ɪŋ, ˈwɔ ʃɪŋ/

Definitions of washing word

  • noun washing the act or process of washing with water or other liquid: to give the car a wash. 1
  • noun washing a quantity of clothes, linens, etc., washed, or to be washed, at one time: a heavy wash. 1
  • noun washing a liquid with which something is washed, wetted, colored, overspread, etc.: She gave the room a wash of pale blue. 1
  • noun washing the flow, sweep, dash, or breaking of water: The wash of the waves had drenched us. 1
  • noun washing the sound made by this: listening to the wash of the Atlantic. 1
  • noun washing water moving along in waves or with a rushing movement: the wash of the incoming tide. 1

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Origin of washing

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
First recorded in 1175-1225, washing is from the Middle English word wasschunge. See wash, -ing1

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Parts of speech for Washing


washing popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

washing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for washing

noun washing

  • laundry — articles of clothing, linens, etc., that have been or are to be washed.
  • wash — to apply water or some other liquid to (something or someone) for the purpose of cleansing; cleanse by dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing in water or some other liquid.
  • coat — A coat is a piece of clothing with long sleeves which you wear over your other clothes when you go outside.
  • coating — A coating of a substance is a thin layer of it spread over a surface.
  • film — a thin layer or coating: a film of grease on a plate.

adjective washing

  • ablutionary — a cleansing with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual.

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