clothes·​pin ˈklōz-ˌpin How to pronounce clothespin (audio)
 also  ˈklōt͟hz-
: a forked piece of wood or plastic or a small spring clamp used for fastening clothes on a clothesline

Examples of clothespin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cut and use a clothespin or duct tape to fasten and be sure to change your baby's diaper often to avoid irritation. Anna Halkidis, Parents, 9 Mar. 2024 Instead, use Price's pro tip: Hold the DIY diaper in place with clothespins. Anna Halkidis, Parents, 9 Mar. 2024 Night after night the mouse gathered up clothespins, corks, and other miscellaneous objects, stashing them inside a rectangular wooden box for safekeeping. Matt Benoit, Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2024 Held in place by clothespins, the covers can be suspended from roof gutters and tented over tender plants close to the house. Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 For checker-like squares, pinch wooden clothespins onto fabric to create a pattern of negative space. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024 Just stretch this elastic line over a bathtub and clip your wet items to the clothespins. Nancy Einhart, Travel + Leisure, 4 Dec. 2023 Some objects in the game are detailed beyond reason, with no lower-detail versions offered, like clothespins (25,000 vertices each), a pile of logs (100,000), and a parking attendant booth (40,000, including cables connecting the mouse and keyboard). Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 19 Nov. 2023 Paint various sizes of clothespins, assemble in a star shape, and secure with hot glue. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clothespin was in 1833

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“Clothespin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


clothes·​pin ˈklō(t͟h)z-ˌpin How to pronounce clothespin (audio)
: a peg (as of wood) with the lower part slit or a clamp for holding clothes in place on a line

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