Clothes horse

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This article is about a type of clothes rack. For a dandified dresser, see fop.
A clothes horse
A drying rack

A clothes horse, sometimes called a clothes rack, drying horse, clothes maiden, drying rack, drying stand, Frostick, airer, or (Scots) winterdyke,[1] is a frame upon which clothes are hung after washing to enable them to dry. The frame is usually made of wood, metal or plastic.

There are many types of drying racks, including large, stationary outdoor racks, smaller, folding portable racks, and wall-mounted drying racks. A drying rack is similar in usage and function to a clothes line, and used as an alternative to the clothes dryer. The name clothes horse was in use by 1800.


  1. ^ "DYKE, DIKE, n. and v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Retrieved 8 January 2013.