- the lock of hair that grows from the fore part of the head.
- (of a horse) a tuft of hair above or on the forehead.
Origin of forelock1
- a pin or flat wedge passed through a hole near the end of a threadless bolt to fasten parts together.
- to fasten by means of a forelock.
Origin of forelock2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for forelock
He hesitated, biting his lip and plucking absently the tangles from the forelock of his horse.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
"Take time by the forelock, you see," said he as he recognized Ashburner.
Everybody in the yard touched a forelock to him as he passed.The Market-Place
The sailor jumped to his feet and touched his forelock civilly enough.In the Days of Drake
J. S. Fletcher
A good scout is ready for both and always grips "time by the forelock."Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
- a lock of hair growing or falling over the forehead
- a lock of a horse's mane that grows forwards between the ears
- a wedge or peg passed through the tip of a bolt to prevent withdrawal
- (tr) to secure (a bolt) by means of a forelock
Word Origin and History for forelock
"Opportunity has hair in front, behind she is bald; if you seize her by the forelock, you may hold her; but, if she once escapes, not Jupiter himself can catch her again." ["Dictionary of Latin Quotations, Proverbs, Maxims and Mottos," H.T. Riley, London, 1866]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper