Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A clip of wood or plastic for fastening clothes to a clothesline.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A clip or fastener used to secure garments to a clothesline while drying.
  • v. To affix with a clothespin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A forked piece of wood or plastic, or a small device with a spring clamp, used for fastening clothes on a line.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A forked piece of wood or a small spring-clip for fastening clothes on a clothes-line.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. wood or plastic fastener; for holding clothes on a clothesline
  • n. wood or plastic fastener; for holding clothes on a clothesline

Etymologies

From clothes +‎ pin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And then he informed me that attached to the clothespin was a sign that said, ‘I’m a dork.’

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  • You can use a clothespin to attach each cap to the dishwasher rack.

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  • You know that you can't even drive through Iowa without a clothespin on your nose to protect you from the smell of all of the Pig S (manure) T!

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  • Rick rack trim from my sewing stash was glued down and held with a clothespin til it dried, and the oval was outlined with tee shirt paint, which is sometimes only about 50c and lasts for a long, long time.

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  • We lined it up along a rope, each of us attaching an end with a clothespin.

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  • “Do you know how many freckles you got yesterday?” he asked when I had attached the last clothespin.

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  • The average clothespin isn't as formal or beautiful as it should be, so I move the parts around while keeping it recognizable.

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  • I sat down beside her, pulled the clothespin off her nose and watched, with amusement, as Mabel picked up the mirror on the table.

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  • See the little sign hanging from the clothespin (lower left)?

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  • The idea was formed in 1988 when Michael Eidson , a bicyclist competing in a 100-mile road race, decided to fill an IV bag with water, slip it into a tube sock and attach the unit to his body with a clothespin—drinking water through a tube while pedaling, rather than having to get his hands around a water bottle, according to CamelBak's website.

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