of or relating to a fabric or garment that has been subjected to a shrinking process in order to reduce contraction when the apparel is washed or laundered.

Origin of preshrunk

First recorded in 1940–45; pre- + shrunk



verb (used with object), pre·shrank or, often, pre·shrunk; pre·shrunk or pre·shrunk·en; pre·shrink·ing.

to subject (textiles, garments, etc.) to a shrinking process before marketing to minimize subsequent shrinkage.

Origin of preshrink

First recorded in 1935–40; pre- + shrink Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for preshrunk



(of fabrics, garments, etc) having undergone a shrinking process during manufacture so that further shrinkage will not occur
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