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[dish-klawth, -kloth] /ˈdɪʃˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural dishcloths
[dish-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈdɪʃˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA)
a cloth for use in washing dishes; dishrag.
Also, British, dishclout
[dish-klout] /ˈdɪʃˌklaʊt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of dishcloth
1820-30; dish + cloth Unabridged
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  • Mrs. Weston wheeled around abruptly in her surprise, and promptly dropped the dishcloth which she held in her hand.

    Randy's Summer Amy Brooks
  • In the fireplace a dishcloth is hanging on one of the fire-iron holders.

  • The old housekeeper let go her dishcloth, and turned about to look at Noll, as he stood before the fire.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • The dishcloth was hung away now, and every bit of work was done.

  • Perhaps he was thinking of his own bruised head, which was still tied up in a dishcloth.

    Old Peter's Russian Tales Arthur Ransome
  • I did so, chose a dishcloth, and started to dry a pyramid of wet plates.

  • Wash them thoroughly with the dishcloth, scour with bath brick, and wipe dry.

    Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • One dishcloth and a couple of towels hung on a line across the corner of the room over the stove.

    An Oregon Girl Alfred Ernest Rice
  • Patsey slung out the dishcloth and hung it up, and spread the towel on a bar across the window.

    In Wild Rose Time Amanda M. Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for dishcloth


a cloth or rag for washing or drying dishes Also called (dialect) dishclout (ˈdɪʃˌkluːt)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dishcloth

also dish-cloth, 1828, from dish (n.) + cloth. It relegated earlier dish-clout (1520s) to dialect.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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