Words related to wash

washroom (n.)

1806, from wash + room (n.).

wash-stand (n.)

1789, from wash (v.) + stand (n.).

wash-tub (n.)

c. 1600, from wash (v.) + tub (n.).

whitewash (v.)

1590s, "to wash a building surface with white liquid," from white (adj.) + wash (v.). Figurative sense of "to cover up, conceal, give a false appearance of cleanness to" is attested from 1762. Related: Whitewashed; whitewashing. The noun is recorded from 1690s; in the figurative sense from 1851. The earlier verb was whitelime (c. 1300).

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