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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 This method superseded the use of rocks to beat the clothes, and was used until the agitator method of washing was introduced.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 him .
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