ironing

noun

iron·​ing ˈī(-ə)r-niŋ How to pronounce ironing (audio)
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 If steaming is a regular part of your ironing, this board by Bartinelli is an excellent choice. Sharon Brandwein, Southern Living, 6 Feb. 2024 Looking for a budget-friendly and space-saving way to tackle infrequent ironing? Tanya Edwards, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 June 2023 Little moments in which Italia registers her mishaps with the household’s ironing are priceless. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2023 No washing, no ironing, no cleaning or selling. Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2021 In Cream through the hair before flat ironing. Allure Staff, Allure, 26 June 2022 Some call for ironing, and others are simply pressed on, so follow the directions carefully. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 23 Jan. 2023 The government is willing to assist, with some community centers offering free classes to teach cooking, cleaning, ironing and laundering. Arkansas Online, 27 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ironing was circa 1710

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“Ironing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ironing. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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