[ klohz-pin, klohth z-, klohs- ]
/ ˈkloʊzˌpɪn, ˈkloʊðz-, ˈkloʊs- /


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

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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