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  1. an act or instance of cutting the hair.
  2. the style in which the hair is cut and worn, especially men's hair.
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Origin of haircut

First recorded in 1895–1900; hair + cut
Related formshair·cut·ter, nounhair·cut·ting, noun, adjective
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Historical Examples of haircutting

  • Get up in this corner, and Ill just pop this haircutting cloth over you.

    A Vision of Venus

    Harry Pleon

  • I know naught of your strange fashions and monstrous manners of haircutting.

    The Golden Galleon

    Robert Leighton

  • A man begins the act of haircutting when the barber's cloth is spread over him.

British Dictionary definitions for haircutting


  1. the act or an instance of cutting the hair
  2. the style in which hair has been cut
  3. stock exchange slang a percentage of the value of an asset deducted to account for a possible fall in its value before it can be liquidated
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Word Origin and History for haircutting



also hair-cut, 1887, "act of cutting the hair," from hair (n.) + cut (n.). As "style of wearing the hair," by 1890.

The Romans began to cut the hair about A.U.C. 454, when Ticinius Maenas introduced Barbers from Sicily. Then they began to cut, curl, and perfume it. The glass was consulted as now upon rising from the barber's chair. [Rev. Thomas Dudley Fosbroke, "Encyclopædia of Antiquities," London, 1825]

Related: Haircutter; haircutting.

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