box iron



a flatiron that is heated by inserting live coals or a piece of hot metal in its boxlike holder.

Origin of box iron

First recorded in 1735–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for box iron

  • When it has absorbed the steam, and while wet, iron it with a box-iron.

  • Thinking of her future absence, mother turned away and cried; and the box-iron singed the blanket.

    Lorna Doone|R. D. Blackmore