AskDefine | Define clotheshorse

Dictionary Definition



1 a framework on which to hang clothes (as for drying)
2 a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance [syn: dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik, beau, swell, fashion plate]

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  1. A framework on which laundry is hung to dry
  2. In the context of "by extension": A person excessively concerned with the appearance of their clothing

Extensive Definition

A clotheshorse (often written as two words, i.e. clothes horse), also known as a winterdyke , a clothes maiden, or a drying rack, refers to a frame (usually wooden, metal or plastic) upon which clothes are hung after washing to enable them to dry.
There are many types of drying racks, including large, stationary outdoor racks, smaller, folding portable racks, and wall mounted drying racks. A drying rack is similar in usage and function to a clothes line.
The name clothes horse was in use by 1800.
clotheshorse in German: Wäscheständer
clotheshorse in French: Étendoir
clotheshorse in Dutch: Wasrek

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Beau Brummel, arbiter of fashion, beau, blade, blood, boulevardier, buck, clubman, clubwoman, coxcomb, dandy, deb, debutante, dude, exquisite, fashion plate, fashionable, fine gentleman, fop, fribble, gallant, horse, jack-a-dandy, jackanapes, lady-killer, macaroni, man-about-town, masher, mondain, mondaine, puppy, sawbuck, sawhorse, socialite, spark, sport, subdeb, subdebutante, swell, swinger, taste-maker, tone-setter, trend-setter, trestle, trestle and table, trestle board, trestle table, trestlework, trestling
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