Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A stream of water, often containing medicinal or cleansing agents, that is applied to a body part or cavity for hygienic or therapeutic purposes.
  • noun A stream of air applied in a similar way.
  • noun The application of a douche.
  • noun An instrument for applying a douche.
  • noun Vulgar Slang A foolish or contemptible person.
  • intransitive verb To cleanse or treat by means of a douche.
  • intransitive verb To cleanse or treat oneself with a douche.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To apply a douche to.
  • noun A jet or current of water or vapor applied to some part or a particular organ of the body, as in a bath or for medicinal purposes.
  • noun An instrument for administering such a jet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A jet or current of water or vapor directed upon some part of the body to benefit it medicinally; a douche bath.
  • noun (Med.) A syringe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A jet or current of water or vapour directed upon some part of the body to benefit it medicinally (especially in reference to vaginal irrigation.)
  • noun Something that produces the jet or current in the previous sense.
  • noun A syringe used for that process.
  • noun pejorative A douche bag.
  • verb To use a douche.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun irrigation with a jet of water or medicated solution into or around a body part (especially the vagina) to treat infections or cleanse from odorous contents
  • verb direct a spray of water into a bodily cavity, for cleaning
  • noun a small syringe with detachable nozzles; used for vaginal lavage and enemas

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, shower, from Italian doccia, conduit, back-formation from doccione, pipe, from Latin ductiō, ductiōn-, act of leading, from ductus, past participle of dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French douche ("shower"), from Italian doccia ("shower").

Examples

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  • Apparently a notorious example of a false friend.

    February 13, 2009

  • This word also has a derogatory use which may actually outweigh its "legitimate" meaning.

    July 10, 2009

  • Penny Arcade (06/02/10):

    "It's like vaginal mouthwash."

    June 8, 2010