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[ bloh-drahy ]
/ ˈbloʊˌdraɪ /

verb (used with object), blow-dried, blow-dry·ing.

to dry or style (shampooed or wet hair) with a blow-dryer or blow-comb.

noun, plural blow-drys.

an act or instance of blow-drying: a wash, cut, and blow-dry.


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Nearby words

blow through, blow up, blow-by, blow-by-blow, blow-comb, blow-dry, blow-dryer, blow-fly, blow-gun, blow-hard, blow-in

Origin of blow-dry

First recorded in 1965–70; back formation from blow-dryer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blow-dry


verb -dries, -drying or -dried (tr)

to style (hair) while drying it with a hand-held hairdryer


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper