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crew cut

a haircut in which the hair is very closely cropped.
Origin of crew cut
An Americanism dating back to 1940-45
Related forms
crew-cut, crewcut, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for crew cut
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  • The Rough Red and his crew cut anywhere, everywhere, anyhow.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • Jerry explained that he was satisfied with the state of his crew cut.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • His hair was thick and very black, and freshly cut into a sort of crew cut.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • A young earnest assistant producer with a crew cut turned and relayed the summons.

    Jimsy and the Monsters Walt Sheldon
  • Ross muttered, running his beefy hand back over his crew cut.

    The Common Man Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
  • The crew cut up all loose lumber, boxes, etc., and put them in the bunkers for fuel.


    Sir Ernest Shackleton
British Dictionary definitions for crew cut

crew cut

a closely cropped haircut for men, originating in the US
Word Origin
C20: from the style of haircut worn by the boat crews at Harvard and Yale Universities
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Idioms and Phrases with crew cut

crew cut

A closely cropped haircut, usually for a male, as in The boys all think crew cuts are cooler in summer. This term presumably originated in the navy (crew referring to a ship's crew), where such a haircut was mandatory. [ c. 1940 ]
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