cowlick

noun
cow·​lick | \ˈkau̇-ˌlik \

Definition of cowlick 

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

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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 There are still a few viable branches; leaves bunch like cowlicks at their tips. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why every writer needs a tree," 13 Sep. 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 With new wisps, bangs, cowlicks, and an ever-changing length, growing out a pixie cut can be a major hair challenge. Kristi Kellogg, Teen Vogue, "Growing Out A Pixie Cut: 10 Tips for Styling Short Hair," 20 Sep. 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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cowlick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cowlick

: 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

cowlick

noun
cow·​lick | \ˈkau̇-ˌlik \

Kids Definition of cowlick

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

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