faux-hawk

noun
\ ˈfō-ˌhȯk How to pronounce faux-hawk (audio) \
variants: or less commonly faux hawk or fauxhawk
plural faux-hawks also faux hawks or fauxhawks

Definition of faux-hawk

: a hairstyle resembling a Mohawk (see mohawk entry 1 sense 3) in having a central ridge of upright hair but with the sides gathered or slicked upward or back instead of shaved … a brand-new photo from a shoot in which she's wearing a makeshift mohawk. A faux-hawk, if you will.— Kaleigh Fasanella His hair is more of a fauxhawk now, long all over but gelled up into bleached-blond spikes at the top.— Billy Haisley also : a hairstyle with a wider area of upright hair than a Mohawk and with the sides and often the back shaved or closely cropped "… I love the faux-hawk, I love the fade … up to the messy hair. … " — Sergio Morales Three-time Grammy winner Gwen Stefani gave her boyfriend Blake Shelton a trim … . The 50-year-old pop diva used clippers to cut the sides of his head, which wound up looking more like a faux-hawk than the … mullet she originally attempted … — Cassie Carpenter The faux hawk is a subdued version of the authority-challenging mohawk but without the shaved sides and neon colors. … The cut is important because the middle is left longer so that the hair can be pushed up to create the faux-hawk look. — Daniel J. Vargas

First Known Use of faux-hawk

2000, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faux-hawk

blend of faux and mohawk

Learn More About faux-hawk

Time Traveler for faux-hawk

Time Traveler

The first known use of faux-hawk was in 2000

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near faux-hawk

fauxbourg

faux-hawk

faux jour

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for faux-hawk

Cite this Entry

“Faux-hawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faux-hawk. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!