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washboard

[wosh-bawrd, -bohrd, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd, ˈwɔʃ-/
noun
1.
a rectangular board or frame, typically with a corrugated metallic surface, on which clothes are rubbed in the process of washing.
2.
a baseboard around the walls of a room.
3.
Also called splashboard. Nautical.
  1. a thin, broad plank fastened to and projecting above the gunwale or side of a boat to keep out the spray and sea.
  2. a similar board on the sill of a port.
adjective
4.
resembling a washboard in being rough and bumpy:
a washboard roadbed.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; wash + board
Related forms
washboardy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wash board

washboard

/ˈwɒʃˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
a board having a surface, usually of corrugated metal, on which esp formerly, clothes were scrubbed
2.
such a board used as a rhythm instrument played with the fingers in skiffle, Country and Western music, etc
3.
a less common US word for skirting board
4.
(nautical)
  1. a vertical planklike shield fastened to the gunwales of a boat to prevent water from splashing over the side
  2. Also called splashboard. a shield under a port for the same purpose
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Word Origin and History for wash board

washboard

n.

clothes-cleaning device, 1882, from wash (v.) + board (n.1). As a percussion instrument, attested from 1925; in reference to abdominal muscles, recorded from 1950 in boxing jargon.

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