forelock

noun
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 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 But the country banker turned journalist felt not the slightest desire to tug the forelock. The Economist, 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, 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, 8 Apr. 2016 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'forelock.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of forelock

1589, in the meaning defined above

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best hair straighteners.

Learn More About forelock

Time Traveler for forelock

Time Traveler

The first known use of forelock was in 1589

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near forelock

forelimb

forelock

forelock hook

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for forelock

Last Updated

30 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Forelock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forelock. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

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!