: an arrangement of hair on a balding man in which hair from the side of the head is combed over the bald spot

Examples of comb-over in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bree, floating in a druggy haze, is surrounded by sweaty men with comb-overs. Mayukh Sen, The Atlantic, 9 Apr. 2024 Visualize hair sticking straight up being a sharp knife, whereas a comb-over would be a dull one. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2023 To the public, Zhang had been a colorless apparatchik, distinguished in official pictures only by his military uniform, moonish features, and jet-black comb-over. Richard McGregor, Foreign Affairs, 14 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of comb-over was in 1980

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“Comb-over.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comb-over. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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