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

Definitions of washing-up word

  • verb with object washing-up 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. 1
  • verb with object washing-up to remove (dirt, stains, paint, or any matter) by or as by the action of water (usually followed by out, off, etc.): to wash grime out of clothing. 1
  • verb with object washing-up to free from spiritual defilement or from sin, guilt, etc.: to be washed whiter than the snow. 1
  • verb with object washing-up to bathe, wet, or moisten with water or other liquid: a meadow newly washed with morning dew. 1
  • verb with object washing-up to flow through, over, or against: a shore or cliff washed by waves. 1
  • verb with object washing-up to carry, bring, remove, or deposit (something) by means of water or any liquid, or as the water or liquid does (often followed by up, down, or along): The storm washed the boat up on the shore. A sailor was washed overboard. 1

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Origin of washing-up

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
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

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Parts of speech for Washing-up


washing-up popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% 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".

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