[lawng-hair, long-]Informal.


Sometimes Disparaging. an intellectual.
a person, often gifted, who is very interested in or devoted to the arts, especially a performer, composer, or lover of classical music.
a person having long hair, especially a hippie.
a cat having long fur.

adjective Also long·haired.

having long hair: a longhair cat.
of or characteristic of longhairs or their tastes.

Origin of longhair

First recorded in 1915–20; long1 + hair
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Examples from the Web for long-haired

Contemporary Examples of long-haired

Historical Examples of long-haired

  • Mrs. Stedman's long-haired, blue Kelpie took a prize in the show of '95.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • I had one of them long-haired, foreign cats once that a British skipper gave me.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Near her stood a long-haired young man who perspired incessantly.


    James Huneker

  • The long-haired waiter with the missing teeth was an annoyance.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • And women spoke, too,—short-haired women and long-haired men.

    Pirate Gold

    Frederic Jesup Stimson

Word Origin and History for long-haired



also long-hair, "cat with long hair," 1893, from long (adj.) + hair. As "intellectual," especially in musical tastes, "devotee of classical music," 1920. Sense of "hippie" attested from 1969.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper