Origin of ironing
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to iron or press (an item of clothing or the like).
- to remove (wrinkles) from by ironing.
- to resolve or clear up (difficulties, disagreements, etc.): The problem was ironed out months ago.
Origin of iron
Related Words for ironingsewing, housekeeping, express, hold, squeeze, flatten, management, washing, cooking, administration, sweeping, stewardship, homemaking, mopping, even, appease, alleviate, level, suppress, assuage
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Contemporary Examples of ironing
The view from Court Two at the Tennis Club de Paris was of ironing boards and models dressing for the Céline show on Sunday.Céline Gets Cozy for Fall
March 3, 2013
She also mentioned that they had used their ironing board as a table.Best Lines From the GOP Convention: Christie, McCain & More (Videos)
Caitlin Dickson, Laura Colarusso
August 31, 2012
I can still see her standing for endless hours at the ironing board steaming and reading simultaneously (and smoking).You Should Meet My Mother
The Daily Beast
May 8, 2009
Historical Examples of ironing
She could even see her own window while ironing at the laundry by just tilting her head to the side.
Madame Putois, a thin little woman of forty-five, was ironing.
She was working on it silently and conscientiously, ironing the puffs and insertions.
Nothing was to be heard except the soft thud of irons on the ironing pad.
She was afraid of showing the great pleasure she took in ironing Goujet's shirts.
- a malleable ductile silvery-white ferromagnetic metallic element occurring principally in haematite and magnetite. It is widely used for structural and engineering purposes. Symbol: Fe; atomic no: 26; atomic wt: 55.847; valency: 2,3,4, or 6; relative density: 7.874; melting pt: 1538°C; boiling pt: 2862°CSee also steel, cast iron, wrought iron, pig iron Related adjectives: ferric, ferrous Related prefix: ferro-
- (as modifier)iron railings
Word Origin for iron
"act of pressing and smoothing clothes with a heated flat-iron," c.1710, from present participle of iron (v.). Ironing board attested from 1843.
Old English isærn (with Middle English rhotacism of -s-) "the metal iron; an iron weapon," from Proto-Germanic *isarnan (cf. Old Saxon isarn, Old Norse isarn, Middle Dutch iser, Old High German isarn, German Eisen) "holy metal" or "strong metal" (in contrast to softer bronze) probably an early borrowing of Celt. *isarnon (cf. Old Irish iarn, Welsh haiarn), from PIE *is-(e)ro- "powerful, holy," from PIE *eis "strong" (cf. Sanskrit isirah "vigorous, strong," Greek ieros "strong").
Right so as whil that Iren is hoot men sholden smyte. [Chaucer, c.1386]
Chemical symbol Fe is from the Latin word for the metal, ferrum (see ferro-). Meaning "metal device used to press or smooth clothes" is from 1610s. The adjective is Old English iren, isern. To have (too) many irons in the fire "to be doing too much at once" is from 1540s. Iron lung "artificial respiration tank" is from 1932.
In addition to the idioms beginning with iron
- iron hand
- iron out
- irons in the fire, too many
- pump iron
- strike while the iron's hot