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[jahr-hed] /ˈdʒɑrˌhɛd/
noun, U.S. Military Slang.
a U.S. Marine.
Origin of jarhead
jar1 + head Unabridged
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(US, military, slang) a member of the United States Marine Corps
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C20: so called because of their distinctive haircut
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jarhead

"U.S. Marine," by 1985 (but in a biographical book with a World War II setting), from jar + head. Also used as a general term of insult (by 1979) and by 1922 as a Georgia dialectal word for "mule."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  1. A mule (1918+)
  2. A US Marine; gyrene (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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