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 (dĭsh′wô′tər, -wŏt′ər)
Water in which dishes are to be or have been washed.


1. water in which dishes and kitchen utensils are or have been washed
2. something resembling this: that was dishwater, not coffee.


(ˈdɪʃˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər)

water in which dishes are, or have been, washed.
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Noun1.dishwater - water in which dishes and cooking utensils are washed
H2O, water - binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent
ماءُ غَسْل الصُّحون
voda na nádobí
bulaşık suyu


[ˈdɪʃwɔːtəʳ] Nagua f de lavar platos (fig) → agua f sucia


dish-water [ˈdɪʃwɔːtər] neau f de vaisselle
as dull as dishwater (= boring) → ennuyeux/euse comme la pluie


[ˈdɪʃˌwɔːtəʳ] nsciacquatura dei piatti


(diʃ) noun
1. a plate, bowl etc in which food is brought to the table. a large shallow dish.
2. food mixed and prepared for the table. She served us an interesting dish containing chicken and almonds.
ˈdishwasher noun
a machine for washing dishes.
ˈdish-washing noun
the job of washing soiled dishes.
ˈdishwater noun
water used for washing dishes.
dish out
to distribute or give to people. He dished out the potatoes.
References in classic literature ?
Aunt Jane helped clear the table and put away the food, while Miranda entertained in the parlor; but Rebecca and the infant Burches washed the dishes and held high carnival in the kitchen, doing only trifling damage--breaking a cup and plate that had been cracked before, emptying a silver spoon with some dishwater out of the back door (an act never permitted at the brick house), and putting coffee grounds in the sink.
The duke, duchess, and Don Quixote had reached this point in their conversation, when they heard voices and a great hubbub in the palace, and Sancho burst abruptly into the room all glowing with anger, with a straining-cloth by way of a bib, and followed by several servants, or, more properly speaking, kitchen-boys and other underlings, one of whom carried a small trough full of water, that from its colour and impurity was plainly dishwater.
There's where I got the jellyfish in the dishwater an' the prize hog skinned to death.
Then it'd be me for the dishwater an' the jellyfish, I guess.
They make pots slip through your fingers, fill up with murky dishwater and leave your hands stinking of rubber.
THUGS cooked a cat in a microwave, stuck it in a tumble drier, put it in a freezer and then tried to drown it in a bowl of dishwater - and it survived.
The distant memory that was Fame Academy was dull as dishwater and Just The Two Of Us is excruciatingly bad.
HORTICULTURAL experts are advising gardeners to soak plants with dirty dishwater as a way of combating summer water shortages.
I ran the tap for dishwater and swilled my grandmother's things, the marble rolling pin she beat my grandfather with and her wooden handle potato masher, thinking about the face of the flan dish where there was a finely painted pink rose, its head blooming, its arms still tight buds and its stem still green.
When suds last longer," Illingworth said, "employees can wash more without changing dishwater.
She's assisted by dull as dishwater business psychologist Dr Rob Yeung and celebrity PA Heather Howard, who boasts she's worked for 20 years for 50 different celebs.
It tastes like dishwater that's been strained through the rancid corpse of a dead mouse.