meaning of andiron

andiron meaning in General Dictionary

A utensil for encouraging timber when burning in a fireplace one becoming put on each side a firedog as a couple of andirons

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  • metal aids for logs in a fireplace
  • A utensil for supporting lumber when burning-in a fireplace, one being added to each part; a firedog; as, a set of andirons.

andiron meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French andier, which is of as yet not known beginning, possibly from Gaulish *andero- "a new bull" (cognates: Welsh anner "heifer"), which may add up when they when had bull's minds cast onto all of them. Changed by influence of center English iren (see metal (n.)).


andiron meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A utensil for encouraging timber when burning in a fireplace, one becoming positioned on each part; a firedog; since, a pair of andirons.