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.

Nearby words

  1. preserving,
  2. preset,
  3. preset board,
  4. preshave,
  5. preshrink,
  6. preside,
  7. presidence,
  8. presidencia roque sáenz peña,
  9. presidency,
  10. president

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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