Definition of sad-iron in English:

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A solid iron for smoothing clothes.
Example sentences
  • 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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