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[dish-tou-uh l] /ˈdɪʃˌtaʊ əl/
a towel for drying dishes.
Origin of dishtowel
1865-70; dish + towel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And then Marge is in the doorway, dishtowel in her hand and little anger spots in her cheeks.

    The Worlds of Joe Shannon Frank M. Robinson
  • Mrs. Robinson hung away her dishtowel; then she faced Esther.

    Different Girls Various
  • Mary went into the tent, which she apparently shared with Natalie; and presently reappeared with a dishtowel.

    Two on the Trail Hulbert Footner
  • She had run out to the corner of the house, dishtowel in hand, to watch their movements as far as she could see them.

    Mildred Keith Martha Finley
  • The old man was raving at Chavela, who seemed frozen to one spot, a dishtowel over her arm.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for dishtowel


(mainly US & Canadian) a towel for drying dishes and kitchen utensils Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) tea towel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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