iron·​ing | \ ˈī(-ə)r-niŋ How to pronounce ironing (audio) \

Definition of ironing

1 : the action or process of smoothing or pressing with or as if with a heated iron
2 : clothes ironed or to be ironed

Examples of ironing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web God knows why anyone would want to hear that on the radio, but people would do their ironing and their laundry. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2021 This affordable steam iron comes with seven heat settings for different fabrics, including silk, nylon, cotton, wool and linen, and can switch easily between steam and dry ironing. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, 29 Mar. 2021 The silk-blend fabric of the decade-old black robe has almost faded to gray in some parts, and the hem has a fist-sized burn from a mishap during a rare ironing. Shan Li, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2021 Consider the iron cord, too—a swivel feature prevents the cord from interfering with your ironing, while a retractable cord makes storage simple and compact. Ashley Abramson, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 After removing moisture, a dryer's next most important job is to remove wrinkles and help keep casual clothing as wrinkle-free as possible to minimize ironing. Good Housekeeping Editors, Good Housekeeping, 2 Oct. 2020 Despite careful flat ironing and an abundance of conditioners, my hair never remained completely straight. Sydney Harper, Seventeen, 22 June 2020 Classical art is indeed an inspiration, but then, no more than Kewpie dolls, or prehistoric ironing boards. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 6 Jan. 2020 Her mother did the ironing at a Chinese laundry, worked as a presser at the cleaners, and cleaned classrooms at a local school. New York Times, 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of ironing

circa 1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ironing was circa 1710

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“Ironing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ironing

: the activity of using an iron to smooth out clothes or fabric
: clothes that need to be ironed

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