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or flat-top

[flat-top] /ˈflætˌtɒp/
noun, Informal.
an aircraft carrier.
a type of crew cut in which the hair is cropped in a flat plane across the top.
Origin of flattop
First recorded in 1940-45; flat1 + top1
Related forms
flat-topped, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • The dean bade Ulenspiegel get up on the flat top of the tomb, that all the pilgrims might see him plainly.

  • He inclined his head toward a curb wastebox with a flat top.

    Monkey On His Back Charles V. De Vet
  • He brought her back and placed her on the broad, flat top of the high gate-post.

    The Mountain Girl Payne Erskine
  • It was at first nearly cylindrical, and generally had a flat top.

  • About eight feet in diameter at the water-line, it tapered to two feet across its flat top, seven feet above.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman Albert Walter Tolman
  • It is rather a misnomer to call this an arch, as it has a flat top.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • Late in the afternoon, the second day from flat top, the scouts had their first battle with a rattlesnake.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Its sides are of the steepest, and its flat top is about two acres in extent.

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • It grows on a tree about fifteen feet high, having a broad, flat top, and very fragrant flowers.

  • He paused knowingly at a window that overlooked the flat top of a porch.

    The Sport of the Gods Paul Laurence Dunbar
British Dictionary definitions for flat top

flat top

a style of haircut in which the hair is cut shortest on the top of the head so that it stands up from the scalp and appears flat from the crown to the forehead


(US) an informal name for aircraft carrier
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for flat top



An aircraft carrier (WWII armed forces)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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