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[lawng-hair, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌhɛər, ˈlɒŋ-/ Informal.
Sometimes Disparaging. an intellectual.
a person, often gifted, who is very interested in or devoted to the arts, especially a performer, composer, or lover of classical music.
a person having long hair, especially a hippie.
a cat having long fur.
adjective, Also, longhaired
having long hair:
a longhair cat.
of or characteristic of longhairs or their tastes.
Origin of longhair
First recorded in 1915-20; long1 + hair Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Mrs. Stedman's long-haired, blue Kelpie took a prize in the show of '95.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • I had one of them long-haired, foreign cats once that a British skipper gave me.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Near her stood a long-haired young man who perspired incessantly.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • The long-haired waiter with the missing teeth was an annoyance.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • And women spoke, too,—short-haired women and long-haired men.

    Pirate Gold

    Frederic Jesup Stimson
Word Origin and History for long-haired



also long-hair, "cat with long hair," 1893, from long (adj.) + hair. As "intellectual," especially in musical tastes, "devotee of classical music," 1920. Sense of "hippie" attested from 1969.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for long-haired



  1. (also long-haired): longhair tastes in poetry
  2. (also longhaired): sonatas and other longhair stuff


  1. An intellectual; egghead (1920+)
  2. Classical music •Originally the term was used for musicians who play from written music, and for the music they play: sometimes called Western music, sometimes European music, and sometimes just longhair (1920s+ Jazz musicians)
  3. A young man with long hair, esp a hippie: another longhair, a member of our commune (1960s+)

[earlier senses fr the stereotype of an intellectual orestheteasbeingstrangeandwearinglonghair]

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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