towhead

[ toh-hed ]
/ ˈtoʊˌhɛd /

noun

a head of very light blond, almost white hair.
a person with such hair.
a sand bar in a river, especially a sand bar with a stand of cottonwood trees.

Nearby words

  1. towered,
  2. towering,
  3. toweringly,
  4. towerman,
  5. towery,
  6. towheaded,
  7. towhee,
  8. towie,
  9. towing path,
  10. towkay

Origin of towhead

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; tow2 + head

Related formstow-head·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for towheaded

towheaded

/ (ˌtəʊˈhɛdɪd) /

adjective often derogatory

(of a person) having blond or yellowish hair

towhead

/ (ˈtəʊˌhɛd) /

noun often derogatory

a person with blond or yellowish hair
a head of such hair

Word Origin for towhead

from tow ² (flax)

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Word Origin and History for towheaded

towhead

n.

also tow-head, in reference to tousled blond hair, 1830, from tow (n.) + head (n.). Related: Towheaded.

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