[klohz-hawrs, klohth z-]


Informal. a person whose chief interest and pleasure is dressing fashionably.
a frame on which to hang wet laundry for drying.

Origin of clotheshorse

First recorded in 1765–75; clothes + horse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clothes-horse



a frame on which to hang laundry for drying or airing
informal a dandy
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Word Origin and History for clothes-horse

also clothes horse, "upright wooden frame for hanging clothes to dry," 1788, from clothes + horse (n.). Figurative sense of "person whose sole function seems to be to show off clothes" is 1850.

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