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Origin of hairbrush

First recorded in 1590–1600; hair + brush1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for hairbrush

broom, toothbrush, whisk, mop, sweeper, besom, polisher, hairbrush, waxer

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Contemporary Examples of hairbrush

Historical Examples of hairbrush

  • A touch of the hairbrush was necessary, and for his hands the file of the nail-scissors.

    Mammon and Co.

    E. F. Benson

  • Lovely Mead dropped the hairbrush in his agitation and drew a long breath.

    The Eternal Boy

    Owen Johnson

  • He put down the hairbrush and inspected the razors on their shelf.

    The Happy End

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • But when he took off his cap the hairbrush dropped from his nerveless fingers.

    Sube Cane

    Edward Bellamy Partridge

  • Cold water and my hairbrush soon made me fit to be seen again.

    The Legacy of Cain

    Wilkie Collins

British Dictionary definitions for hairbrush


  1. a brush for grooming the hair
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

Word Origin and History for hairbrush

1590s, from hair + brush (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper