verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of comb1
or comb, coomb, coombe
Origin of combe
Related Words for combstraighten, rummage, rake, forage, investigate, scrutinize, inspect, examine, sift, scour, ransack, sort, curry, tease, cleanse, separate, groom, smooth, disentangle, untangle
Examples from the Web for comb
Contemporary Examples of comb
Upon landing, he was reportedly spotted wandering the tarmac with only a comb in his pocket.How to Hitchhike a Plane—and Survive
April 22, 2014
Comb the coast, and you could stumble upon that dream weekend retreat.World-Famous Architects Design Dollhouses For New Charity Project
November 1, 2013
He called on Libyans to “sweep through Tripoli and comb it for traitors.”Latest in Libya: Complete Coverage
The Daily Beast
August 27, 2011
For the next few hours, police used search dogs to comb the woods for the man.Behind the Gert Boyle Kidnap Attempt
November 27, 2010
Her readers, some of whom she calls obsessive, comb her blog and her Tweets for clues.Vegas' Mystery Sex Blog
March 24, 2010
Historical Examples of comb
Poor Dirk, you will remember, if he had thought of it, had no comb with which to experiment.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"May have its comb clipped if it make over-much noise," broke in an Englishman.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
At this dangerous moment her ladyship artfully let drop the comb.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
She snatched the comb out of my hand like a wicked woman, and tore out my hair.
She then planted the comb in my mop of hair and tore out a handful of it.
Word Origin for comb
Old English camb "comb, crest, honeycomb" (later Anglian comb), from West Germanic *kambaz (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German camb, German Kamm, Middle Dutch cam, Dutch kam, Old Norse kambr), literally "toothed object," from PIE *gombhos, from root *gembh- "to bite, tooth" (cf. Greek gomphos "a molar tooth," Sanskrit gambha-s "tooth").
see fine-tooth comb.