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noun
  1. a haircut in which the hair is very closely cropped.

Origin of crew cut

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
Related formscrew-cut, crew·cut, adjective
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  • The crew-cut Nick was in the act of handing up the first piece of baggage.

    Creatures of the Abyss

    Murray Leinster

  • The crew-cut, Tony, came to the part of the deck where Terry worked.

    Creatures of the Abyss

    Murray Leinster

  • Davis did not even glance at it, but beckoned to one of the crew-cut young men who'd unloaded the tender.

    Creatures of the Abyss

    Murray Leinster

  • When it was up to pressure, a trap-door in the floor of the dome opened and a crew-cut, blond young man stuck his head up.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The bartender, a tall man with crew-cut reddish hair, raised his eyebrows in a questioning fashion.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for crew cut

crew cut

noun
  1. 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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