hairpin

[hair-pin]

noun

a slender U-shaped piece of wire, shell, etc., used by women to fasten up the hair or hold a headdress.

adjective

(of a road, curve in a road, etc.) sharply curved back, as in a U shape: a hairpin turn.

Nearby words

  1. hairless,
  2. hairline,
  3. hairline fracture,
  4. hairnet,
  5. hairpiece,
  6. hairsbreadth,
  7. hairsplitting,
  8. hairspray,
  9. hairspring,
  10. hairstreak

Origin of hairpin

First recorded in 1770–80; hair + pin

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British Dictionary definitions for hairpin

hairpin

noun

a thin double-pronged pin used by women to fasten the hair
(modifier) (esp of a bend in a road) curving very sharply
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Word Origin and History for hairpin

hairpin

n.

also hair-pin, 1788 (two words), from hair + pin (n.). A hairpin turn, etc., is from 1906. Hairpin (or clothespin) was American English slang for "person" c.1880-1910, especially in the expression "That's the kind of hairpin I am."

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