how to pronounce washboard


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washboard is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of washboard in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… some kind of a board washboard so i went …”

meanings of washboard


  1. A board fastened along a ship's gunwale to prevent splashing; a splashboard.
  2. Such a board used as a simple percussion instrument.
  3. Baseboard; skirting board.
  4. A board with a corrugated surface against which laundry may be rubbed.
  5. A stretch of ripples or bumps on a dirt or gravel road caused by interaction between traffic and road surface.


  1. To move up and down or back and forth across the surface of a hive, possibly to lay down a layer of propolis and wax.
  2. To play a washboard.
  3. To produce a rippled texture on a surface.

washboard frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word washboard occurs in english on average 0.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics washboard can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that washboard can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) transport and travel;

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