plural noun

hairs removed with a comb or a brush.

Origin of combings

First recorded in 1565–75; comb1 + -ing1 + -s3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for combings

Historical Examples of combings

  • "It wasn't just a tangle, like combings," she went on slowly.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Ten bob I got for Molly's combings when we were on the rocks in Holles street.


    James Joyce

  • When she combed her hair, she gathered the combings together.

  • I took down all the combings for the birds and they are crazy about them.

  • Directly his head was below the combings of the hatch, I started to my feet and continued getting aft.

    Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh

    Augustus F. Lindley

British Dictionary definitions for combings


pl n

the loose hair, wool, etc, removed by combing, esp that of animals
the unwanted loose short fibres removed in combing cotton, etc
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