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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being fabric or a garment that has undergone shrinking during manufacture to minimize subsequent shrinkage: preshrunk jeans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Past participle of preshrink


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • "He sure does," Nixon replied, confirming Ehrlichman's assessment that the President sought to use the Moorer-Radford affair as leverage with Moorer, his "preshrunk" admiral.

    Nixon and the Chiefs

  • Nixon chose the latter, figuring, in Ehrlichman's words, that Moorer would from then on be a "preshrunk" admiral over whom Nixon could exert increased influence.

    Nixon and the Chiefs

  • Printed on preshrunk, heavyweight 100% cotton shirts.

    Cool Stuff: Zombie vs. Shark T-Shirt | /Film

  • Made of serge or preshrunk mohair in black, red or navy, it consisted of a knee-length skirt, a pair of bloomers and a tunic, or a combination type with skirt.

    Summer at the Beach | Edwardian Promenade

  • The 5.6 oz., 100% preshrunk heavyweight cotton with contrasting raglan sleeves is ideal for cool and warm weather alike.

    Top Cow Solicitations for July 2007 | Major Spoilers - Comic Book Reviews and News

  • No, they certainly did NOT wash their skirts or dresses every time they wore them; this was a time period when a gown would be made up out of material that had NOT been preshrunk because how wasteful to wash something that wasn't dirty!

    Dust Ho! - A Dress A Day

  • Organza's good but if you have fusible to use up, it can be washed & preshrunk in hot water before cutting without the adhesive coming off.

    Still thinking about shirtdresses .... - A Dress A Day

  • Unless treated or preshrunk to prevent it, woven cotton fabrics shrink modestly, and knitted cotton fabrics less modestly.


  • In general, the hotter the drying temperature, the greater the likelihood of shrinking, so this setting is also reserved for preshrunk or low-shrink fabrics.


  • If you plan to wash them, you must ensure that they are preshrunk when you buy them or that the initial fit is loose enough to tolerate whatever degree of shrinkage you are told you can expect.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Support for preshrunk is diminishing.

    February 5, 2010

  • As used in "Charlotte's Web".

    February 5, 2010