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verb (used with object), blow-dried, blow-dry·ing.
  1. to dry or style (shampooed or wet hair) with a blow-dryer or blow-comb.
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noun, plural blow-drys.
  1. an act or instance of blow-drying: a wash, cut, and blow-dry.
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Origin of blow-dry

First recorded in 1965–70; back formation from blow-dryer
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verb -dries, -drying or -dried (tr)
  1. to style (hair) while drying it with a hand-held hairdryer
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  1. this method of styling the hair
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Word Origin and History for blow-dry


1971, of hair; see blow (v.1) + dry (v.). Related: Blow-dried; blow-drying.

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