dreadlock

noun
dread·​lock | \ ˈdred-ˌläk How to pronounce dreadlock (audio) \

Definition of dreadlock

1 : a narrow ropelike strand of hair formed by matting, braiding, or twisting
2 dreadlocks\ ˈdred-​ˌläks How to pronounce dreadlocks (audio) \ plural : a hairstyle consisting of dreadlocks

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Other Words from dreadlock

dreadlocked \ ˈdred-​ˌläkt How to pronounce dreadlocked (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dreadlock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Murder, mayhem, snappy dialogue, a suitcase full of cocaine and Gary Oldman's twisted performance as a pimp named Drexl Spivey (complete with dreadlocks and gold teeth) can mean only one thing — yep, Quentin Tarantino wrote the script. Julie Hinds, Freep.com, "We named Michigan's 50 most essential movies. Here are 12 films that we missed.," 3 Jan. 2020 The report described the robber as a black male with dreadlocks who was wearing green pants and a gray shirt. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "Police: Gunman jumps from bushes, robs man outside Little Rock apartment," 26 Dec. 2019 But instead of Civil War-era garb, Wiley’s equestrian is dressed in streetwear: a hoodie, ripped jeans and sneakers, with dreadlocks gathered atop his head. Washington Post, "Richmond gets a new soaring statue, this one with dreadlocks," 11 Dec. 2019 But instead of Civil War-era garb, Wiley’s equestrian is dressed in streetwear: a hoodie, ripped jeans and sneakers, with dreadlocks gathered atop his head. NBC News, "Richmond gets a new soaring statue, this one with dreadlocks," 11 Dec. 2019 The only character development occurs when Turner-Smith shaves her stereotypical dreadlocks for an androgynous henna crew-cut and wears a form-fitting tiger-striped halter and snakeskin boots, and Kaluuya dons a ’90s jogging suit. Armond White, National Review, "Queen & Slim, a Meme Movie for Black Lives Matter Fans," 27 Nov. 2019 The suspect is described as standing up to six feet tall, 170 pounds, with jaw-length dreadlocks and clean shaven, wearing a black sweater and blue jeans. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In 28 hours in West Allis, an Amazon driver got carjacked, a gas station was held up and there was a failed mugging," 28 Oct. 2019 Hollie located the victim and witnesses at 5314 Dashwood Dr. The suspect was described as a black male with short dreadlock hair, wearing a white hoodie, in a blue Impala. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 28 Oct. 2019 The actress’s medley of plaits and dreadlocks swung interminable, parted down the middle and left to fall to waist level, a few overachieving coils reaching her hips. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa Prove They Have the Best Couples Hair in Hollywood," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dreadlock

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jan 2020

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“Dreadlock.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dreadlock. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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