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