[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 clothespin

Historical Examples of clothespin

  • And, besides, Clothespin Jimmy and I was raised side by side.

    Sudden Jim

    Clarence Budington Kelland

  • But Clothespin Jimmy learned of the matter, which Jim did not know.

    Sudden Jim

    Clarence Budington Kelland

  • "As mute as a mouse, my clothespin," was the obedient reply.

    Robert Tournay

    William Sage

  • A rope to your foot, cockleburs in your hair, and a clothespin on your tongue.

  • As soon as we have our breakfast we'll start off to look for your clothespin house.