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[wosh-tuhb, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌtʌb, ˈwɔʃ-/
a tub for use in washing clothes, linens, etc.
Origin of washtub
1595-1605; wash + tub Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I 'specks dese Suverners hes got us blevin' wrong ter tink dat a washtub spiles yer ladyship.

    Overshadowed Sutton E. Griggs
  • We found Peter out behind his kitchen, bending over a washtub.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • The women hang forever over the stove or the washtub, go into the stages to split the fish, or into the gardens to grow "'taties."

    Le Petit Nord Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
  • "You'll have to use a washtub for the punch, to make enough for all of them," said Patsy.

    A Woman at Bay Nicholas Carter
  • They are a little less slanting than the board of a woman's washtub would be, and yet they lie somewhat like a washboard.

  • To stand at a washtub and wash his clothes, if it were wanted.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • Ailwin called down-stairs to Oliver, to say that there was a washtub floating about in the room they had slept in.

    The Settlers at Home Harriet Martineau
  • To-day I borrowed a washtub from a native and washed my clothes.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • And this little boy had on red trousers, because, I guess, his blue ones were in the washtub.

    Uncle Wiggily's Travels Howard R. Garis
  • Various of the females also decidedly objected to taking their turns at the washtub.

British Dictionary definitions for washtub


a tub or large container used for washing anything, esp clothes
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