[ klohz-hawrs, klohthz- ]
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  1. Informal. a person whose chief interest and pleasure is dressing fashionably.

  2. a frame on which to hang wet laundry for drying.

Origin of clotheshorse

First recorded in 1765–75; clothes + horse

Words Nearby clotheshorse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use clotheshorse in a sentence

  • So to the kitchen went Kyan, to stand, a sort of living clotheshorse, beside the hot range.

    Keziah Coffin | Joseph C. Lincoln
  • A clotheshorse fell on the horse's back and off he started on a dead run, and that wuz the end of poor Jinnie.

  • What if you couldn't get a clotheshorse to run in a potato-race?

    Garrison's Finish | W. B. M. Ferguson

British Dictionary definitions for clotheshorse


/ (ˈkləʊðzˌhɔːs) /

  1. a frame on which to hang laundry for drying or airing

  2. informal a dandy

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