Definition of washcloth in English:



North American
  • A cloth for washing one's face and body, typically made of terry cloth or other absorbent material.

    British term flannel
    • ‘When he returned he had a wet washcloth in one hand and a dry hand towel in the other.’
    • ‘Wipe you baby's gums with a damp washcloth after each feeding.’
    • ‘Someone gives me a bathrobe that was stolen from the Ritz-Carlton to stay warm, and a cold, wet washcloth to cool off.’
    • ‘A wet washcloth sat beside me and I kept wiping my face with it, then let the fan cool me off.’
    • ‘The mean wet weight for washcloths was 16 cloths per pound, or $0.02 per cloth.’
    • ‘Use a water bottle, wet washcloth, or soak a cotton ball in water.’
    • ‘Wipe the baby's bottom with a baby wipe or a clean wet washcloth.’
    • ‘Start slowly, you can use a washcloth or piece of gauze to wipe the teeth, front and back in the same manner you will eventually be using the toothbrush.’
    • ‘At least he had his own soap, washcloth and towels, which he made absolutely sure nobody else got near.’
    • ‘It might be much more communicative to apply a nice, cool washcloth to his forehead or to say a word or two and then be quiet.’
    • ‘In the study institution, washcloths are replaced after an average of every 1.5 uses, and this factor was not included in the costs either.’
    • ‘You can indulge your need for decorating fun by using playful drawer pulls and cabinet knobs, and by putting in towels, washcloths, and bathmats in the kids' favorite colors and motifs.’
    • ‘Clean up in the restroom with a lightly soaped washcloth.’
    • ‘Children also should not share eyedrops, tissues, eye makeup, washcloths, towels, or pillowcases with other people.’
    • ‘After we pulled in I grabbed my stuff, slipped Jose 3 bucks for his trouble, and told him he only needed to replace one washcloth that I had used as a towel.’
    • ‘After gently rubbing the scalp, wipe the duds away using the same washcloth.’
    • ‘She went to the linen closet and pulled out a towel and washcloth for me.’
    • ‘I wet a washcloth and started wiping the counters.’
    • ‘I had soon fetched a cool basin of water and knelt by his bed, carefully wiping him down with a washcloth.’
    • ‘It's a liquid, comes in a plastic bottle, you squirt some on a little towel or washcloth, then wipe down the cat with it.’
    • ‘In fact, one nurse - noting Terri's hand contractures - placed rolled-up washcloths in her hands to prevent further contractures and pressure ulcers, which can result from such a condition.’
    • ‘I led him to his bed and went to fetch a damp washcloth to wipe his face.’
    • ‘She wiped her face with a cool washcloth, hoping that this illness would not last long.’
    • ‘Rushing to the bathroom, she grabbed a basin, another washcloth and filled the basin with very cold water.’
    • ‘Wrap a moistened gauze square or washcloth around the index finger of the hand of the other arm and gently massage the teeth and gingival tissues.’
    • ‘I kept silent as I finally found a sea green terry washcloth, walked over to the sink, and dampened it with cold water.’
    • ‘If the sheets have cooled, throw a damp washcloth in the dryer and resume drying for 10 more minutes.’
    • ‘Use either cotton squares or a very soft clean washcloth and go over your face a few times.’
    • ‘Using the same cloth washcloth for the whole upper body or both legs was not considered recontamination.’
    • ‘Next, rub cuticles with a warm, damp washcloth in a gentle way.’
    • ‘The infected child should not share towels, washcloths, and pillows.’
    • ‘Picking up the washcloth beside his bed, she wiped the sweat from his forehead.’
    • ‘Dip a small towel or washcloth in warm water, wring it out, lie down, close your eyes, and put the cloth over your lids for 15 minutes.’
    • ‘He picked up a washcloth from the counter and ran cold water over it.’
    • ‘Apply (do not rub) a solvent type cleaner by blotting it onto stain with a clean, white terrycloth washcloth.’
    • ‘Wash with a gentle massage-like motion, using a soft washcloth or sponge and a mild soap.’
    • ‘When she finished with the soap she put it on the holder and began rubbing the washcloth all over her body.’
    • ‘There is no shower on the space shuttle, and so astronauts use a damp sponge or washcloth and soaps that do not need to be rinsed off.’
    • ‘Grab the nearest towel (a washcloth will substitute in a pinch) and frantically rub the shampoo up off the floor.’
    • ‘Wipe off the gums with gauze or a washcloth moistened with water after each feeding.’
    rag, dishcloth, floorcloth, wipe, sponge, duster
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