clotheshorse

[ klohz-hawrs, klohth z- ]
/ ˈkloʊzˌhɔrs, ˈkloʊðz- /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. clothes-line,
  2. clothes-peg,
  3. clothes-pin,
  4. clothes-press,
  5. clothesbasket,
  6. clothesline,
  7. clothespin,
  8. clothespress,
  9. clothier,
  10. clothilde

Origin of clotheshorse

First recorded in 1765–75; clothes + horse

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British Dictionary definitions for clothes-horse

clotheshorse

/ (ˈkləʊðzˌhɔːs) /

noun

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

clothes-horse

n.

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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