[ jahr-hed ]
/ ˈdʒɑrˌhɛd /

noun U.S. Military Slang.

a U.S. Marine.

Origin of jarhead

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/ (ˈdʒɑːˌhɛd) /


US military slang a member of the United States Marine Corps

Word Origin for jarhead

C20: so called because of their distinctive haircut
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Word Origin and History for jarhead



"U.S. Marine," by 1985 (but in a biographical book with a World War II setting), from jar + head. Also used as a general term of insult (by 1979) and by 1922 as a Georgia dialectal word for "mule."

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