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

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When the swindler Bernie Madoff was imprisoned for 150 years, people cheered—not just in the courthouse, but in their cars, doing their ironing, commuting to work. Tiffany Watt Smith, SELF, "Why I Stopped Feeling Bad About Feeling Schadenfreude," 29 Nov. 2018 Inside, a half-dozen women are hard at work, sewing and ironing. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Local charity needs a new place to sew – for $250 a month," 7 June 2018 But for those who want their sheets more straightened up, a quick ironing job would do the trick. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "The right bedding can help you sleep soundly on hot summer nights," 29 May 2018 An old washboard, a vintage wooden ironing board (that supports the work), old hinges and more are mixed with images of people -- some identifiable, others not. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "John Mellencamp's Art Exhibit 'Life, Death, Love and Freedom' Opens in New York," 28 Apr. 2018 For one: Stop flat-ironing or curling your natural hair. Michelle Ruiz, WSJ, "Getting Ready Faster: Secrets From Stylish Women," 15 Mar. 2018 Pasquale worked in restaurants and, in his spare time, taught singing; Maria, his wife, cleaned offices and took in sewing and ironing. Harvey Sachs, New York Times, "Antonio Pappano, a Conductor of the Old School, Makes His Carnegie Debut," 6 Oct. 2017 Luckily, that doesn’t require any actual ironing skills, just a few quick swipes with this steamer. David Pierce, WIRED, "Trick Out Your Dorm With Cool Gear Even Students Can Afford," 17 Aug. 2017 Nearly a quarter of the women in Cameroon, a Central African nation of 23 million, have endured some form of breast ironing. Stav Ziv, Newsweek, "Showing Love Through Breast Ironing: Why Some Daughters Endure This Painful Practice to Appease Their Mothers," 3 Aug. 2017

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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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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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