cow·​lick | \ ˈkau̇-ˌlik How to pronounce cowlick (audio) \

Definition of cowlick

: a lock or tuft of hair growing in a different direction from the rest of the hair

Examples of cowlick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nobody wants to be staring at themselves, focused on that cowlick or wondering whether your concealer is hiding that awful stress pimple on your chin. Ashley Stahl, Forbes, "The 5 Crucial Interview Questions Of 2021 (And How To Answer Them)," 9 Apr. 2021 For several years, my hair had been flat, the cowlick too pronounced, the texture different. Washington Post, "Yes, women experience thinning hair, too. Here’s why, and possible treatments.," 10 Feb. 2020 No amount of combing could tame the stubborn cowlick in his short hair. oregonlive, "Epley maneuver for vertigo was invented by Oregon doctor," 15 Oct. 2019 Got hair thats super fine, kinky-curly, damaged, or full of cowlicks? Jessica Teich, USA TODAY, "The best hair styling tools of 2018," 1 May 2018 Even the angles and directions of a patient’s part line and cowlick differ. Marci Robin, Allure, "How Getting a Hair Transplant Actually Works," 21 Mar. 2018 As with any bang hairstyle, don't allow your hair to air-dry at all out of the shower to prevent frizz and cowlicks from forming. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Baby Bangs Are The First Major Hair Trend of 2018," 12 Jan. 2018 If your hair is prone to cowlicks, Knight suggests sleeping with a headband on to flatten your bangs out. Allure, "11 Cute Bang Styles to Try," 18 Dec. 2017 But Priano's learned that the right goop—specifically, R+Co's Wall St. Strong Hold Gel—is good for much more, including cowlicks. Benjy Hansen-bundy, GQ, "Four Grooming Brands That’ll Get You Excited to Wash Your Face," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of cowlick

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cowlick was in 1598

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19 Apr 2021

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“Cowlick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cowlick

chiefly US : a small bunch of hair on a person's head that sticks up above the hair around it : a small bunch of hair that will not lie flat


cow·​lick | \ ˈkau̇-ˌlik How to pronounce cowlick (audio) \

Kids Definition of cowlick

: a small bunch of hair that sticks out and will not lie flat

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