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[dish-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈdɪʃˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
water in which dishes are, or have been, washed.
dull as dishwater / ditchwater, extremely dull; boring.
Origin of dishwater
1475-85; dish + water Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dishwater
  • Most days, the building blends into the landscape of dishwater-colored hills.
  • Dispose of dishwater in the main current of the river.
  • For example, the shower could wait until the dishwater is done.
  • If the river is muddy, allow dishwater to settle and remove sediment before use.
  • Restaurants are required to install grease traps or interceptors to catch grease before it washes down the pipes with dishwater.
  • Discharge of dishwater or gray water on the ground is prohibited.
  • So, one morning she's out, throw out some dishwater.
  • Strain liquids, including dishwater, and deposit them in the river.
  • dishwater must be disposed of through proper sanitary facilities: it must not be discharged on or into the ground.
  • dishwater may be dumped into the drains beneath the water faucets.
British Dictionary definitions for dishwater


water in which dishes and kitchen utensils are or have been washed
something resembling this: that was dishwater, not coffee
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Word Origin and History for dishwater

also dish-water, "water where dishes have been washed," late 15c., from dish (n.) + water (n.). Used figuratively of weak broth, coffee, etc., from 1719.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dishwater



Weak and scarcely drinkable soup, coffee, etc (1719+)

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dull as dishwater

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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