Originating from an episode of the Simpsons (episode 2F19 "The PTA Disbands")
It has taken on a comical nonsensical interjectional use... appropriate as comic relief or as a tension breaker
-'Jeezus!! who the hell ate the last jos louis?'
- 'purple monkey dishwasher?'
by whiskymack July 14, 2004
Top Definition
Despite claims this phrase originated on "The Simpsons", it actually existed long before it was used in the show. The phrase is intended to portray the distortion of facts when passed from person to person.

Its use in "The Simpsons" was accurate; Bart starts a rumour by whispering to one person who whispers it to another, etc. By the time the rumour reaches the front of the crowd, the phrase "Purple monkey dishwasher" has been added to the end due to people mishearing the original rumour as it passed from person to person.

Due to the popularity of "The Simpsons", the phrase has since become a commonly used response to opinions stated based on hearsay and unconfirmed rumours.
Person A - "I heard from a friend of a friend that John cheated on Linda with Karen!"

Person B - "Purple monkey dishwasher."
by godofodd August 17, 2005
A nonsensical phrase uttered at the end of a 'Telephone-pass it on' gossip game/parody in an episode of The Simpsons.

*In "The PTA Disbands", an episode of The Simpsons, Bart attempts to spread "Skinner said the teachers will crack any minute" throughout the crowd of Springfield Elementary School teachers. By the time it reaches Mrs. Krabappel, it has turned into "Skinner said the teachers will crack any minute, purplemonkeydishwasher."

*Taken from Wikipedia
Skinner says the teachers will crack any minute purplemonkeydishwasher
by Todd D-izzle December 05, 2006
A parody of the game 'telephone' used on an episode of The Simpsons. Instead of an original message becoming jumbled by person to person contact, the message is perfectly repeated at the end...but with the addition of the words "purple monkey dishwasher."
Nora's pregnant with Greg's baby after sleeping firt with Tony, John and Barney...but she's telling Tim it's his due to their fling at Thanksgiving....purple monkey dishwasher.
by Jax Bak January 19, 2010
1. A mutant of gentic science, it is a purple-tinted monkey with the body of a dishwasher. Often shouted out in long bouts of silence.
by Joods April 17, 2003
Tha little, tiny, microscopic purple monkeys who clean the dishes in your dishwasher. They often have wars with "the yellow fox microwaves" when they interact
Purple monkey dishwashers
by Rockers will win!!! June 21, 2006
A nonsense phrase seen widely in an early Simpson's episode. Added at the end of a Chinese whisper, ironically, as there are few if any phrases which can be mistaken for "purple monkey dishwasher". For this reason, it is sometimes used to check if communications are working properly, instead of ie. "testing" "mic check" "test test 1 2 3 check" and/or "syphilis".
"Say purple monkey dishwasher, if you can hear this."
by Overheal June 07, 2009
A word that makes you stupid for looking up and completely does not have any purpose what so ever.
DREW: I am so bored
by Jay August 21, 2004
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