Definition of underwire in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌwī(ə)r/


A semicircular wire support stitched under each cup of a bra.
Example sentences
  • If underwire bras are run though a washing machine, their wires will poke out for sure.
  • It's more lingerie-oriented than your wife may be interested in, but even their conventional underwire bras feel soft and comfortable to me.
  • Does the underwire in your bra always poke through after a few wearings?



Pronunciation: /ˈˌəndərˈˌwī(ə)rd/
Example sentences
  • Has anyone successfully managed to repair a sticky out wire coming out from an underwired bra?
  • There is no evidence to suggest wearing a tight-fitting bra or underwired bra can cause breast cancer.
  • I was in and out in 30 minutes including security (although I did have to out myself as an underwired bra wearer).

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Syllabification: un·der·wire

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