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[hair-bruhsh] /ˈhɛərˌbrʌʃ/
a brush for smoothing and styling the hair.
Origin of hairbrush
First recorded in 1590-1600; hair + brush1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A touch of the hairbrush was necessary, and for his hands the file of the nail-scissors.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • Lovely Mead dropped the hairbrush in his agitation and drew a long breath.

    The Eternal Boy Owen Johnson
  • He put down the hairbrush and inspected the razors on their shelf.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • But when he took off his cap the hairbrush dropped from his nerveless fingers.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • Cold water and my hairbrush soon made me fit to be seen again.

    The Legacy of Cain Wilkie Collins
  • The hairbrush and Hales bombs were also studied in addition to the Bethune.

    The Story of the "9th King's" in France Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
  • Mattie selected a hairbrush from her little spend-the-night kit.

    V. V.'s Eyes

    Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • As he put the candle down upon the bureau he saw her hairbrush lying there.

    McTeague Frank Norris
British Dictionary definitions for hairbrush


a brush for grooming the hair
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hairbrush

1590s, from hair + brush (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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