One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A solid iron for smoothing clothes.
- ‘People buy old-fashioned sad-irons not to iron their clothes with, but to use as bookends or doorstops.’
- ‘This is a rare sized sad-iron that was used by a small child so that she or he could ‘iron’ along with the mother.’
Mid 18th century: from sad, in the obsolete sense ‘weighty’.
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