crew cut

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  1. a haircut in which the hair is very closely cropped, with some extra length on top.: Compare buzzcut.

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Origin of crew cut

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45

Other words from crew cut

  • crew-cut, crew·cut, adjective

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How to use crew cut in a sentence

  • "You win," he grinned, running calloused fingers through his greying crew-cut.

    Cogito, Ergo Sum | John Foster West
  • Five minutes later he stepped into the galley, his dark, crew-cut hair still damp.

    Code Three | Rick Raphael
  • Rakoff's dead-white cheeks never stirred and his stiff blond hair stood up in a rigid crew cut.

    The House from Nowhere | Arthur G. Stangland
  • He turned to a burly youth with sun-bleached, crew-cut hair, "Still safe, Frank?"

    Masters of Space | Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for crew cut

crew cut

  1. a closely cropped haircut for men, originating in the US

Origin of crew cut

C20: from the style of haircut worn by the boat crews at Harvard and Yale Universities

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with crew cut

crew cut

A closely cropped haircut, usually for a male, as in The boys all think crew cuts are cooler in summer. This term presumably originated in the navy (crew referring to a ship's crew), where such a haircut was mandatory. [c. 1940]

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