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See also: douché
douche (plural douches)
- A jet or current of water or vapour directed upon some part of the body to benefit it medicinally; in particular, such a jet directed at the vagina for irrigation.
- 1892, Robert Ottiwell Gifford-Bennet, Buxton and its Medicinal Waters, London: John Heywood:
- Massage, or kneading of the whole body, is carried out in this bath after which a steam douche or a warm spray is turned upon the affected parts, according to the nature of the case.
- 1898 Selma Lagerlöf (trans. Pauline Bancroft Flach), The Story of Gösta Berling, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, Part II, Chapter I, p. 249 
- Earth, the great mother, begins to live. Romping like a child she rises from her bath in the spring floods, from her douche in the spring rain.
- Something that produces the jet or current in the previous sense, such as a syringe.
- (obsolete) A jet or spray of any liquid.
- (slang, derogatory, vulgar) Ellipsis of .
- 1991, “Startin' Up a Posse”, in Attack of the Killer B's, performed by Anthrax:
- You say our records are offensive, (You're a douche, you're a douche.)
- 2019, “Never Fight a Man With a Perm”, in Joy as an Act of Resistance, performed by Idles:
- I said I've got a penchant for smokes and kicking douches in the mouth / Sadly for you my last cigarette's gone out
a jet or current of water or vapour directed upon some part of the body to benefit it medicinally
jerk, idiot — see douchebag
- (transitive) To administer a douche to; to shower; to douse
- 2007, Valerie Allen, On Farting: Language and Laughter in the Middle Ages, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, page 153:
- Tragedy acts then like a laxative […] or an aperient […] to douche our systems of humors and emotions that unbalance the soul, so that we may return to the virtuous golden mean, to homeostatic equilibrium.
- (intransitive) To use a douche.
- → Indonesian: dus (“shower”)
See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.
douche f (plural douches)
- inflection of :
- → Albanian: dush
- → Arabic: دوش
- → Belarusian: душ (duš)
- → Brazilian Portuguese: ducha
- → Bulgarian: душ (duš)
- → Catalan: dutxa
- → Danish: douche
- → Dutch: douche
- → English: douche
- → Estonian: dušš
- → Friulian: duše
- → German: Dusche
- → Greek: ντους (ntous)
- → Hungarian: tus
- → Latvian: duša
- → Lithuanian: dušas
- → Norwegian: dusj
- → Occitan: docha
- → Persian: دوش
- → Portuguese: duche
- → Romanian: duș
- → Russian: душ (duš)
- → Serbo-Croatian: tuš
- → Slovene: tuš
- → Spanish: ducha
- → Swedish: dusch
- → Turkish: duş
- → Ukrainian: душ (duš)
- “douche”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
douche f (plural douches)