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 (wŏsh′bôrd′, wôsh′-)
a. A board having a corrugated surface on which clothes can be rubbed in the process of laundering.
b. Music A similar board used as a percussion instrument.
2. A board fastened to a wall at the floor; a baseboard.
3. Nautical A thin plank fastened to the side of a boat or to the sill of a port to keep out the sea and the spray.
Having rows of ridges or indentations similar to those of a washboard: washboard abs; a washboard dirt road.


1. (Clothing & Fashion) a board having a surface, usually of corrugated metal, on which esp formerly, clothes were scrubbed
2. (Instruments) such a board used as a rhythm instrument played with the fingers in skiffle, Country and Western music, etc
3. (Building) a less common US word for skirting board
4. (Nautical Terms) 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


(ˈwɒʃˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd, ˈwɔʃ-)

1. a rectangular board or frame, typically with a corrugated metallic surface, on which clothes are rubbed in the process of washing.
2. a baseboard around the walls of a room.
3. a thin, broad plank fastened to and projecting above the gunwale or side of a boat to keep out the sea.
4. resembling a washboard in being hard and ripply: washboard abs.


A wooden frame with horizontal metal ribs running across it that clothes were rubbed against during washing. This method superseded the use of rocks to beat the clothes, and was used until the agitator method of washing was introduced.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Washboard - device consisting of a corrugated surface to scrub clothes onwashboard - device consisting of a corrugated surface to scrub clothes on
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
2.Washboard - protective covering consisting of a broad plank along a gunwale to keep water from splashing over the sidewashboard - protective covering consisting of a broad plank along a gunwale to keep water from splashing over the side
protective cover, protective covering, protection - a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury; "they had no protection from the fallout"; "wax provided protection for the floors"
vessel, watercraft - a craft designed for water transportation


[ˈwɒʃbɔːd] Ntabla f de lavar (US) → rodapié m, zócalo m
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It was certainly more agreeable to have an ill-natured humpback as a companion than to stand looking out of the study window at the rain, and kicking his foot against the washboard in solitude; something would happen every day,-- "a quarrel or something"; and Tom thought he should rather like to show Philip that he had better not try his spiteful tricks on
Beats a washboard an' your knuckles, and, besides, it saves at least fifteen minutes in the week, an' fifteen minutes ain't to be sneezed at in this shebang.
DEY knows how to work a nigger to death, en dey knows how to whale 'em too--whale 'em till dey backs is welted like a washboard.
They'll be arriving all the way from the Delta of Stoke-on-Trent, brandishing washboards and tooting kazoos and whistles.
WashboardS am Trainer: Ger Lyons 3rd in 6f 2yo auction maiden at Fairyhouse on June 13 Ger Lyons ran three in this contest and the gelding who finished second, Lightnin Hopkins, could easily have been included in this column.
The corrugated metal wall finishes are also very distinct; the nation's last supplier of washboards for laundry provided tightly lined "washboard tin" for the purpose.
I can attest that it is almost solely the materials that make up the road that determine whether or not it will develop washboards.
Recipes run the gamut from Oatmeal Trailblazers and Lemon Whoopie Pies to King-Sized Raisin Pillows, Toasted Coconut Washboards and Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies.
The laundry is rapidly running out of steam and all because this ill-fated pair have lost their washboards and they need them by half term week for Anwen Little Theatre's production of Aladdin.
Washboards were a feature of some skiffle groups in the 50s but have long had a place in the Cajun bands of Louisiana, where they have evolved into scaled-down metal bibs to allow greater dexterity and mobility.