From Middle English rinsen, rensen, rinshen, rencen (“to rinse”), partly from Old Norse hreinsa (“to rinse”); and partly from Middle French rincer (“to rinse, wash”), from Old French rinser, reinser (“to rinse”), Old Northern French raïncer, raïncier (“to rinse, cleanse”), from Old Norse hreinsa (“to rinse, cleanse”), from Proto-Germanic *hrainisōną (“to clean, purify”), from Proto-Indo-European *ker-, *kery-, *krēy- (“to separate, divide”). Cognate with Danish rense (“to purify”), Norwegian rense (“to cleanse”), Swedish rensa (“to purge, clear, wipe clean”), Old High German reinisōn (“to clean, purify, atone”), German rein (“pure, clean”), Gothic 𐌷𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌽𐍃 (hrains, “clean”). More at riddle.
- (transitive) To wash (something) quickly using water and no soap.
- You'd better rinse that stain before putting the shirt in the washing machine.
- (transitive) To remove soap from (something) using water.
- Rinse the dishes after you wash them.
- (Britain, slang) to thoroughly defeat in an argument, fight or other competition.
- Oh no.
- You got rinsed.
rinse (plural rinses)
- The action of rinsing.
- I'll just give this knife a quick rinse.
- Any hair dye.
- I had a henna rinse yesterday.