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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. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • flat-top,” my beaver neighbor, was a pioneer and a colony-founder.

    In Beaver World

    Enos Abijah Mills
  • flat-top was the name I gave him because of his straight back.

    In Beaver World

    Enos Abijah Mills
  • They worked desperately, and from time to time I caught sight of flat-top.

    In Beaver World

    Enos Abijah Mills
  • You see that flat-top mountain—the first mountain in the northwest?

    The Pike's Peak Rush Edwin L. Sabin
  • The room contained a safe, a flat-top desk and a few chairs.

    The Main Chance Meredith Nicholson
  • Verily, she looked like a princess out on winter parade as she advanced toward a broad, flat-top table in the center of the room.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • Frémont limited our advance to the line of flat-top Mountain until he should himself be ready to open the campaign in the north.

  • flat-top Mountain and Lewisburg were, respectively, about halfway on the two routes assigned to us.

  • Instead, the boy retreated and took up a position behind a flat-top desk in the centre of the office.

  • The engine and boiler were then placed on a small, flat-top wagon and bolted down.

British Dictionary definitions for flat-top


(US) an informal name for aircraft carrier
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flat-top

"aircraft carrier," 1943, U.S. Navy, from flat (adj.) + top (n.). As a style of haircut, from 1956.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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