One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A frame or stand for airing or drying clothes.
- ‘They also give details of what is inside the home which can include: clothes airer, fridge, colour T.V., video, microwave, vacuum cleaner, toaster, kettle, double glazing, carpet sweeper, linen, gas cooker and central heating.’
- ‘It was hard in wet weather to get them dry, too, but somehow or other they did, on the fireguard, over the airer, or even in the oven!’
- ‘I recently made one of those pulley-operated clothes airers out of dowelling and wooden coathangers whose hooks had fallen off.’
- ‘Second, we have just one clothes airer, and one spot (handily, right in front of the radiator) to stand it, fully laden with damp clothes dripping on each other.’
- ‘There are wall (not ceiling) mounted clothes airers.’
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