- a hair style, especially among Rastafarians, in which the hair is worn in long, ropelike locks.
Origin of dreadlocks
Examples from the Web for dreadlocks
They wanted her to have dreadlocks—oh God, I wanted to have dreadlocks so bad!Orange Is the New Black’s Kimiko Glenn on Hippie Brook Soso and Chapel Sex with Natasha Lyonne
June 18, 2014
Even reference seems to float free: Are those ten appendages swollen fingers, or dreadlocks, or sea cucumbers?A Martian's Eye View of Modern Art
January 27, 2014
Lum is a fresh-faced recent graduate of Loyola Marymount, with dreadlocks and a tweed jacket.Occupy Wall Street Breaks Up With Bank of America on Valentine’s Day
February 15, 2012
What do you think when you look back on the early '90s, Are You Gonna Go My Way-era Lenny, with the dreadlocks and snarl?Lenny Kravitz’s ‘Black & White’ Album
August 30, 2011
- hair worn in the Rastafarian style of long matted or tightly curled strands
Word Origin and History for dreadlocks
1960, from dread + locks (see lock (n.2)). The style supposedly based on that of East African warriors. So called from the dread they presumably aroused in beholders, but Rastafarian dread (1974) also has a sense of "fear of the Lord," expressed in part as alienation from contemporary society.