Meaning of washboard

wash•board

Pronunciation: (wosh'bôrd", -bōrd", wôsh'-), [key]
— n.
  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. Also called
    1. a thin, broad plank fastened to and projecting above the gunwale or side of a boat to keep out the spray and sea.
    2. a similar board on the sill of a port.
—adj.
  1. resembling a washboard in being rough and bumpy: a washboard roadbed.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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