A clothes horse

A clotheshorse or clothes horse, sometimes called a clothes rack, drying horse, winterdyke,[1] clothes maiden, drying rack, or airer, refers to a frame upon which clothes are hung after washing to enable them to dry. The frame is usually made of wood, metal or plastic.

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, and used in lieu of a clothes dryer. The name clothes horse was in use by 1800.

The term "clotheshorse" may also refer to a person excessively or obsessively interested in clothes, often to a humorous extent.[2]


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  • Clotheshorse — Clothes horse (kl[=o]z h[^o]rs ), n. 1. A frame to hang clothes on. [1913 Webster] 2. a person who is conspicuous for dressing fashionably, especially one who spends much time or money to acquire clothing. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clotheshorse — [klōthz′hôrs΄, klōz′hôrs΄] n. 1. a frame on which to hang clothes, etc. for airing or drying 2. Slang a person who pays too much attention to clothes and new fashions …   English World dictionary

  • clotheshorse — [“klozhors] n. someone who is obsessed with clothing and looking good in it. □ Her brother is the real clotheshorse. □ Mary is such a clothes horse! Look at her now …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • clotheshorse — noun Date: 1775 1. a frame on which to hang clothes 2. a conspicuously dressy person …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • clotheshorse — /klohz hawrs , klohdhz /, n. 1. Informal. a person whose chief interest and pleasure is dressing fashionably. 2. a frame on which to hang wet laundry for drying. [1765 75; CLOTHES + HORSE] * * * …   Universalium

  • clotheshorse — noun a) A frame on which laundry is hung to dry. b) A person excessively concerned with the appearance of their clothing …   Wiktionary

  • clotheshorse — Synonyms 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,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • clotheshorse — clothes|horse [ klouðz,hɔrs ] noun count 1. ) INFORMAL someone who always wears fashionable clothes and owns a lot of them 2. ) a frame of plastic or wooden bars on which you hang wet clothes so that they can dry inside your house …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • clotheshorse — n. frame on which to hang clothing; person whose main interest is in clothes and dressing fashionably …   English contemporary dictionary

  • clotheshorse (C) — 1 BrE a frame on which you hang clothes to dry indoors 2 AmE informal someone who thinks too much about clothes and who likes to have many different clothes …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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