fore·​lock ˈfȯr-ˌläk How to pronounce forelock (audio)
: a lock of hair growing from the front of the head

Examples of forelock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Incorrigible blond forelocks blowing in their eyes. Diane Seuss Anne Boyer, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2023 One face, sporting a pale forelock, looms large. Adam Fleming Petty, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2023 Sinclair, 26, on a recent warm afternoon sauntering through Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, slick forelock curled in an anime flip, inked arms emerging from the sleeves of a sinuous Issey Miyake pleated dress. New York Times, 9 June 2021 In her younger years, her frothy blond mane was bobbed, and her forelock and the hair on her crown were teased a lofty three inches off her scalp. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 20 July 2022 The 72-year-old singer looked simply magnificent, with her trademark cascade of red hair, fronted by a white forelock, wearing a luminous blue shirt and black jeans. Thom Duffy, Billboard, 22 June 2022 The silvery forelock and inquisitive eyes that signal Bonnie Raitt is in the house have been quite prominent the past few months. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 Casual inspection suggests that Wong, the teen firebrand known for his bowl haircut, now uses a little product to keep his forelocks spiky. The Economist, 22 May 2020 When the storm began, a great many private carriages whose occupants had seized time by the forelock and scattered their flowers before the rain began to fall turned homeward not remaining to hear the speeches, music, etc. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, 21 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forelock was in 1589

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“Forelock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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fore·​lock -ˌläk How to pronounce forelock (audio)
: a lock of hair growing from the front of the head
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