fore·​lock | \ ˈfȯr-ˌläk How to pronounce forelock (audio) \

Definition of forelock

: a lock of hair growing from the front of the head

Examples of forelock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the country banker turned journalist felt not the slightest desire to tug the forelock. The Economist, "A new biography of Walter Bagehot, “the greatest Victorian”," 8 Aug. 2019 Gone are the silly forelock and the granny glasses, replaced by a tidier Wall Street coif and sober dark frames. Guy Trebay, New York Times, "The Late-Night Fashion Wars," 2 May 2017 A signal example of this phenomenon is probably Cameron Dallas, a wholesome-looking 21-year-old with a floppy forelock and an off-kilter grin. Guy Trebay, New York Times, "Luka Sabbat, the 18-Year-Old Fashion Influencer," 8 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of forelock

1589, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forelock was in 1589

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“Forelock.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of forelock

: a piece of hair growing from the front of the head

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