Definition of ironing in English:



mass noun
  • 1The activity or task of ironing clothes, sheets, etc.

    • ‘During ironing, the buttons should remain intact for it helps in maintaining the folds.’
    • ‘‘I try to make the classes as fun as possible to show them that ironing isn't just a chore,’ says organiser Brigitte Smith.’
    • ‘Other services provided include laundry, washing and ironing, chiropody while outings are also organised.’
    • ‘Just because the clothes are less formal, that doesn't mean you skip regular clothing maintenance like ironing and washing.’
    • ‘If you're not one for ironing, the only permanent non-iron shirt has been developed for the range thanks to the unique new process, Vapor Phase which effectively gives the shirt a memory.’
    • ‘I have a pile of white cotton shirts in my closet that I haven't worn for months because they need ironing, and I despise the task.’
    • ‘It was silly: there were bad jokes, film clips were watched in boxer shorts, we debated the merits of ironing, we laughed ourselves stupid and wrote our worst witticisms up on a corkboard.’
    • ‘She breaks the monotony of ironing, cooking and dressing and undressing her husband by using red lipstick, a red apron, but the wearing down process finally takes its toll.’
    • ‘The policy covers 80 per cent of costs such as childcare, housekeeping, cooking, ironing and transport after the first 30 days.’
    • ‘Their bickering and fluffing made the live TV experience eminently watchable - provided you were doing something else useful at the same time, like ironing.’
    • ‘I don't think people at work appreciate the hard work I put into my ironing (even though the shirt appears to be hardly ironed at all anyway).’
    • ‘Two loads of laundry done, now I just need to do the ironing.’
    • ‘So, if I do the ironing, he can wear as many shirts as he wants to.’
    • ‘Elma picked up another iron and resumed ironing.’
    • ‘Thankfully, there's lady who comes once a week to do the laundry and the ironing.’
    • ‘Welcome to the home of extreme ironing - the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt.’
    • ‘Mark is on a train trip for the day, the boys are upstairs watching TV and playing computer games, Michelle is staying with one of her sisters and I'm getting caught up with the washing and ironing.’
    • ‘And in order to avoid burning your shirt, fill up the iron with water (for steam) and use a spray bottle to moisten the shirt prior to ironing.’
    • ‘She may work too, but she will most likely be the one to cook, clean do the shopping and ironing as well as be a mother, hostess, nurse, never-ending taxi service and secretary to the whole family.’
    • ‘Sheets, towels, and tea-towels will need no ironing if they are folded carefully and put through the rollers before they are bone-dry.’
    1. 1.1 Clothes, sheets, etc. that need to be or have just been ironed.
      • ‘You may hate doing the laundry and ironing, but once you know how to care for your clothes, your Armani gear will last for years.’
      • ‘The last tape I captured was all the ironing (three white dress shirts' worth).’
      • ‘When I get home to Edinburgh I do not want to spend my time doing the cleaning and ironing.’
      • ‘You sprinkle it on your ironing, or mainline it direct into the steam iron.’
      • ‘If he wants to put an increase on his ironing and laundry, fine; but don't add a surcharge for fuel costs.’
      • ‘Who will have the ironing all neatly laid out like a national serviceman's bed, then packed so every garment emerges from an aircraft hold as if fresh from the laundry?’
      • ‘Mum and dad might just need somebody to talk to, other days it's a pile of ironing.’
      • ‘Having had five children of my own, I've done the school runs, the mountains of washing and ironing.’
      • ‘Instead my wife is forced to take in other people's ironing so we can pay the bills.’
      • ‘He went out a couple of times a week with his friend to play snooker and I had to get all the housework and ironing done while he was out.’
      • ‘(As if the notion of a footballer doing his own ironing wasn't weird enough, sez you).’
      • ‘And this doesn't mean you have to hide away in a dank utility room, or stand in the kitchen among the pots and pans, or tolerate a permanent pile of ironing in the corner in your living-room.’