rough-dry

or rough·dry

[ ruhf-drahy ]
/ ˈrʌfˈdraɪ /
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verb (used with object), rough-dried, rough-dry·ing.

to dry (laundry) after washing, without smoothing, ironing, etc.

adjective

(of laundered clothes, sheets, etc.) dried but not ironed.

Nearby words

  1. rough trade,
  2. rough up,
  3. rough-and-ready,
  4. rough-and-tumble,
  5. rough-cut,
  6. rough-hew,
  7. rough-hewn,
  8. rough-house,
  9. rough-legged buzzard,
  10. rough-legged hawk

Origin of rough-dry

First recorded in 1830–40

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Examples from the Web for rough-dry

  • They are put on rough-dry in the morning, and so worn until they are considered dirty enough for another purification.

    Ben, the Luggage Boy;|Horatio Alger
  • She insisted on having every piece that moment—clean or dirty, ironed or rough-dry.

    L'Assommoir|Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for rough-dry

rough-dry

adjective

(of clothes or linen) dried ready for pressing

verb -dries, -drying or -dried

(tr) to dry (clothes or linen) without smoothing or pressing
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