[wosh-bawrd, -bohrd, wawsh-]
a rectangular board or frame, typically with a corrugated metallic surface, on which clothes are rubbed in the process of washing.
a baseboard around the walls of a room.
Also called splashboard. Nautical.
a thin, broad plank fastened to and projecting above the gunwale or side of a boat to keep out the spray and sea.
a similar board on the sill of a port.
resembling a washboard in being rough and bumpy: a washboard roadbed.

1735–45; wash + board

washboardy, adjective
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washboard (ˈwɒʃˌbɔːd)
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
 a.  a vertical planklike shield fastened to the gunwales of a boat to prevent water from splashing over the side
 b.  Also called: splashboard a shield under a port for the same purpose

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Word Origin & History

clothes-cleaning device, 1882, from wash (v.) + board. As a percussion instrument, attested from 1925; in reference to abdominal muscles, recorded from 1950 in boxing jargon.
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Example sentences
Chronic picking or rubbing of the skin behind the nail can cause a washboard nail.
He also recently started playing the washboard in a jazz band.
Even when cornering on a washboard surface, the vehicle stayed planted.
The rear end doesn't bounce around on washboard dirt roads the way it does on older trucks.
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