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
    • ‘At least he had his own soap, washcloth and towels, which he made absolutely sure nobody else got near.’
    • ‘I kept silent as I finally found a sea green terry washcloth, walked over to the sink, and dampened it with cold water.’
    • ‘Apply (do not rub) a solvent type cleaner by blotting it onto stain with a clean, white terrycloth washcloth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wash with a gentle massage-like motion, using a soft washcloth or sponge and a mild soap.’
    • ‘When he returned he had a wet washcloth in one hand and a dry hand towel in the other.’
    • ‘After gently rubbing the scalp, wipe the duds away using the same washcloth.’
    • ‘Someone gives me a bathrobe that was stolen from the Ritz-Carlton to stay warm, and a cold, wet washcloth to cool off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A wet washcloth sat beside me and I kept wiping my face with it, then let the fan cool me off.’
    • ‘She wiped her face with a cool washcloth, hoping that this illness would not last long.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the sheets have cooled, throw a damp washcloth in the dryer and resume drying for 10 more minutes.’
    • ‘Wipe the baby's bottom with a baby wipe or a clean wet washcloth.’
    • ‘Using the same cloth washcloth for the whole upper body or both legs was not considered recontamination.’
    • ‘Wipe off the gums with gauze or a washcloth moistened with water after each feeding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Children also should not share eyedrops, tissues, eye makeup, washcloths, towels, or pillowcases with other people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I led him to his bed and went to fetch a damp washcloth to wipe his face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had soon fetched a cool basin of water and knelt by his bed, carefully wiping him down with a washcloth.’
    • ‘When she finished with the soap she put it on the holder and began rubbing the washcloth all over her body.’
    • ‘He picked up a washcloth from the counter and ran cold water over it.’
    • ‘Clean up in the restroom with a lightly soaped washcloth.’
    • ‘Rushing to the bathroom, she grabbed a basin, another washcloth and filled the basin with very cold water.’
    • ‘Picking up the washcloth beside his bed, she wiped the sweat from his forehead.’
    • ‘I wet a washcloth and started wiping the counters.’
    • ‘Grab the nearest towel (a washcloth will substitute in a pinch) and frantically rub the shampoo up off the floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Use a water bottle, wet washcloth, or soak a cotton ball in water.’
    • ‘Next, rub cuticles with a warm, damp washcloth in a gentle way.’
    • ‘Wipe you baby's gums with a damp washcloth after each feeding.’
    • ‘She went to the linen closet and pulled out a towel and washcloth for me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mean wet weight for washcloths was 16 cloths per pound, or $0.02 per cloth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Use either cotton squares or a very soft clean washcloth and go over your face a few times.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The infected child should not share towels, washcloths, and pillows.’
    rag, dishcloth, floorcloth, wipe, sponge, duster
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