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כביסה, כבסים

Discussion in 'עברית (Hebrew)' started by rosemarino, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. rosemarino Senior Member

    U.S. English
    שלום לכולם,

    Is there a difference between כביסה and כבסים? If not, are they equally colloquial?

    According to Morfix, כביסה refers to the process of doing the laundry, as well as the clothes being laundered themselves, dirty or laundered but not yet ironed or folded:

    כביסה היא הפעולה של ניקוי בגדים ומוצרי טקסטיל והיא גם השם הקיבוצי לבגדים מלוכלכים בטרם כביסתם או לבגדים שכובסו לא מכבר והם רטובים, בשלבי ייבוש שונים או לאחר הייבוש ובטרם גיהוץ או קיפול.​

    Is this the same for כבסים? Is there a word for the laundry once it is finished, including ironing and folding?

    תודה רבה מראש.
  2. arbelyoni Senior Member

    כְּבִיסָה - laundry, the process as well as the items collectively
    כְּבָסִים - items of laundry

    Originally, כביסה was only the gerund (בניין קל) and later its meaning was expanded to include the items as well. כבסים is far less colloquial.
    I would just say כביסה נקייה.
  3. rosemarino Senior Member

    U.S. English
    תודה רבה, arbelyoni.

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