back comb

1 of 2


: an ornamental comb with a wide top and a few long teeth worn high at the back of the head


2 of 2

transitive verb

: ruff entry 3 sense 3
broadly : to comb (hair) in a direction opposite to the one in which it lies naturally

Word History

First Known Use


1835, in the meaning defined above

Transitive Verb

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of back comb was in 1835

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“Back comb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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