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[dish-pan] /ˈdɪʃˌpæn/
a large pan in which dishes, pots, etc., are washed.
Origin of dishpan
1870-75, Americanism; dish + pan1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dishpan
  • When hand-washing dishes, use a dishpan or a stopper in the sink.
  • When hand-washing dishes or fruits and vegetables, fill a dishpan with water instead of letting the tap run continuously.
  • If a dishwasher is not available, use a dishpan or plug the sink for washing and rinsing dishes.
  • Take the pop can with some sort of tongs so you do not burn yourself and place pop can in the dishpan water top-down.
  • Use a dishpan or plug the sink for washing and rinsing dishes, if a dishwasher is not available.
  • Place the plastic toter on the plastic dishpan or on a tray of plastic- covered plywood to catch any spills.
  • Use one dishpan for washing and one for rinsing when doing dishes by hand.
  • Instead of letting the water run when hand washing dishes, use a dishpan or fill the sink with water.
  • Keep the pictures in an open container such as a plastic dishpan.
  • Bedrolls stacked to the wagon bows and dishpan banging behind, the lordly cook drives to the next camp.
British Dictionary definitions for dishpan


(mainly US & Canadian) a large pan for washing dishes, pots, etc
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Word Origin and History for dishpan

"pan in which dishes are washed," 1872, from dish (n.) + pan (n.). Dishpan hands attested from 1944.

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