or rough·dry

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

Origin of rough-dry

First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for rough-dry

Historical Examples of rough-dry

  • She insisted on having every piece that moment—clean or dirty, ironed or rough-dry.


    Emile Zola

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

British Dictionary definitions for rough-dry


  1. (of clothes or linen) dried ready for pressing
verb -dries, -drying or -dried
  1. (tr) to dry (clothes or linen) without smoothing or pressing
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