Share this entry

washing Line breaks: wash|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈwɒʃɪŋ/

Definition of washing in English:


[mass noun]
1The action of washing oneself or laundering clothes, bed linen, etc. her arms were red to the elbow from doing other people’s washing avoid over-enthusiastic washing
More example sentences
  • Most surgical operation sites simply need to be kept clean by daily washing with cool water.
  • Toilet paper is a rarity and soap and water for washing is generally notable by its absence.
  • On that basis, we might as well all give up washing and go around smelling like badgers, and nearly as hairy, too.
1.1A quantity of clothes, bed linen, etc. that is to be washed or has just been washed: she took her washing around to the launderette
More example sentences
  • We would also help to hang out the washing on the clothes line and then lift it with a wooden prop.
  • I made notes and muttered the new words as I watered the garden and hung washing on the line.
  • There's another load of washing about to finish, and the dishes to be washed.

Definition of washing in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day haughty
Pronunciation: ˈhɔːti
arrogantly superior and disdainful