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Idioms about lock

Origin of lock

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English loc “fastening, bar”; cognate with Middle Low German lok, Old High German loh, Old Norse lok “a cover, lid,” Gothic -luk in usluk “opening”; akin to Old English lūcan “to shut”

OTHER WORDS FROM lock

lockless, adjectiveself-locking, adjectivewell-locked, adjective

Other definitions for lock (2 of 2)

lock2
[ lok ]
/ lɒk /

noun
a tress, curl, or ringlet of hair.
locks,
  1. the hair of the head.
  2. short wool of inferior quality, as that obtained in small clumps from the legs.
a small tuft or portion of wool, cotton, flax, etc.

Origin of lock

2
before 900; Middle English locke,Old English locc lock of hair, cognate with Old Norse lokkr,Dutch lok curl, German Locke
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British Dictionary definitions for lock (1 of 2)

lock1
/ (lɒk) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of lock

lockable, adjective

Word Origin for lock

Old English loc; related to Old Norse lok

British Dictionary definitions for lock (2 of 2)

lock2
/ (lɒk) /

noun
a strand, curl, or cluster of hair
a tuft or wisp of wool, cotton, etc
(plural) mainly literary hair, esp when curly or fine

Word Origin for lock

Old English loc; related to Old Frisian lok, Old Norse lokkr lock of wool
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Other Idioms and Phrases with lock

lock

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