wringer

noun wring·er \ ˈriŋ-ər \
Updated on: 1 Apr 2018

Definition of wringer

: one that wrings: such as
a : a machine or device for pressing out liquid or moisture
  • a clothes wringer
b : something that causes pain, hardship, or exertion
  • his illness put them through the wringer

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First Known Use of wringer

14th century

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WRINGER Defined for English Language Learners

wringer

Definition of wringer for English Language Learners

  • : a machine used for squeezing water out of clothes that have been washed


WRINGER Defined for Kids

wringer

noun wring·er \ ˈriŋ-ər \

Definition of wringer for Students

: a machine or device for squeezing liquid out of something (as laundry)


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