rough-dry or rough·dry [ruhf-drahy] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object), rough-dried, rough-dry·ing.

  1. to dry (laundry) after washing, without smoothing, ironing, etc.


  1. (of laundered clothes, sheets, etc.) dried but not ironed.

Origin of rough-dry First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for rough-dry Historical Examples of rough-dry

  • She insisted on having every piece that moment—clean or dirty, ironed or rough-dry.


    Emile Zola

  • They are put on rough-dry in the morning, and so worn until they are considered dirty enough for another purification.

    Ben, the Luggage Boy;

    Horatio Alger

  • British Dictionary definitions for rough-dry rough-dry adjective

    1. (of clothes or linen) dried ready for pressing

    verb -dries, -drying or -dried

    1. (tr) to dry (clothes or linen) without smoothing or pressing

    Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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