Definition of limewash in English:



mass noun
  • A mixture of lime and water used for coating walls.

    • ‘The pine plywood lining has been coated with limewash, to prevent it turning orange.’
    • ‘The interior walls were painted in limewash to maintain an earthy, natural feel.’
    • ‘He did it with the help of local contractors: he used a local joinery workshop to do the kitchen and he found a Welsh lime specialist who supplied the limewash at a reasonable price.’
    • ‘You pour water over the quicklime, producing a vast amount of heat, noxious gases, etc, and when it's all stopped fermenting, slaked lime. Add some more water, and that's limewash.’


  • Apply limewash to (a surface or structure)

    ‘limewashed cottages’
    • ‘Once it's all been limewashed it will look most remarkable, especially if I put a low-relief grotesque mask where he's got a simple keystone.’
    • ‘The village dates back to the 13 th century and has many limewashed half timbered and stone houses.’
    • ‘The bedrooms are full of limewashed wood, white tiled floors and beds swathed in white muslin.’
    • ‘The interior has a beach house feel, with fresh floral or checked cotton fabrics and streakily limewashed wooden furniture.’
    • ‘Although it is luxurious, Philip Geoghegan insists it still has an agricultural feel about it, due in part to the original crossbeams and the rough stone walls limewashed by Richard Murphy, a heritage paint expert.’
    • ‘It's been done out rather stylishly, but still feels rustic, with original limewashed stone walls, and the stalls and hay rack are still there.’
    • ‘The house has since been completely re-roofed and limewashed, new floors and interior walls have been laid, and timbers and windows replaced.’
    • ‘Trudging up the glen, one comes gradually upon a little limewashed house clinging to a fold in the hills.’
    • ‘The Irish Georgian Society is restoring this house, which will include repairing the roof with its small slates and preserving all the original features such as the roughcast limewashed walls.’
    • ‘The exquisite village, which dates from the 13 th century, has many limewashed and half-timbered and stone houses and is a must see.’
    • ‘You start off by protecting all surfaces not meant to be limewashed, including your own, since once it's on it won't come off again.’
    • ‘A favourite selling point in country areas is that the property is ‘cut-stone’ - usually these buildings are not cut stone but of rubble construction, which was once rendered and limewashed to weather it.’