big hair

noun

Definition of big hair

: hair that is styled and teased to occupy an unusually large amount of space above and around the head

Examples of big hair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Turner struts around in short skirts, high heels, and big hair and talks about a questionable lineup of cars from a brand the world has essentially forgotten. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Infamous Characters from TV Commercials," 25 June 2020 Then one day in summer 1970, FAME Studios’ front door opened and Little Richard walked in, wearing makeup, big hair and pink clothes, an entourage in tow. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Little Richard’s deep, slightly complicated Alabama roots," 20 May 2020 Laura, Mary and the other Ingalls children are expertly parented by Ma (Karen Grassle) and Pa (Michael Landon, rocking big hair). Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Comfort Viewing: 3 Reasons I Love ‘Little House on the Prairie’," 10 May 2020 If her perfect smile and big hair don’t blow you away, her optimism and ambition will take you around the universe and back. New York Times, "Desperately Seeking a Black Sperm Donor," 15 Apr. 2020 True to its title, the sugary-sweet animated bauble consists of one lavish concert after another, performed and attended by cute multihued pixies with big hair, creamy voices and infernally catchy beats. Los Angeles Times, "10 movies people are watching and talking about across the multiplatformverse," 15 Apr. 2020 So join us for some TLC and jump into watching or rewatching some of our favorite shows from the era of big hair, bold colors, blossoming computer tech, new wave music, and so much more. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Our Favorite '80s TV Series to Stream Right Now," 3 Apr. 2020 Dolly, 73, is known for her big hair, bedazzled style, and flawless voice, yet her most vital skill is apparently the gift of organization. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Dolly Parton Apparently Has a Ton of Music She Plans to Release After Her Death," 19 Jan. 2020 Though this week, Middleton made a big hair change, debuting one of her all-time shortest haircuts while on official royal diplomatic duties in Ireland. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Kate Middleton Just Debuted The Freshest Pre-Spring Haircut," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of big hair

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Big hair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20hair. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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