[klohz-pin, klohth z-, klohs-]


a device, such as a forked piece of wood or plastic, for fastening articles to a clothesline.

Origin of clothespin

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; clothes + pin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clothes-pin

Historical Examples of clothes-pin

  • Her head is set on her neck like a clothes-pin, only she is squattier than a clothes-pin.

    A Voice in the Wilderness

    Grace Livingston Hill

  • You could have knocked me down with a clothes-pin aimed by a infant.

  • Look here, what YOU want ain't a pen, but a clothes-pin and a split nail!


    Bret Harte

  • Awkwardly, Lynn gilded the clothes-pin and suspended it from the back of a chair to dry.

  • Her driver went astraddle of it and stuck there like a clothes-pin on a line.

Word Origin and History for clothes-pin

also clothespin, by 1834, American English, from clothes + pin (n.). Clothes-peg in the same sense attested from 1812.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper