hair

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noun, often attributive \ˈher\

Definition of hair

  1. 1a :  a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal; especially :  one of the usually pigmented filaments that form the characteristic coat of a mammalb :  the hairy covering of an animal or a body part; especially :  the coating of hairs on a human head

  2. 2 :  haircloth

  3. 3a :  a minute distance or amount won by a hairb :  a precise degree aligned to a hair

  4. 4 obsolete :  nature, character

  5. 5 :  a filamentous structure that resembles hair leaf hair

hairless

adjective

hairlessness

noun

hairlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

in one's hair

  1. :  persistently and annoyingly in one's presence can't work with you in my hair all day

out of one's hair

  1. :  out of one's way :  not in one's hair keep the children out of his hair for a while

Examples of hair in a Sentence

  1. He plucked a hair from his arm.

  2. There are dog hairs all over my coat.

  3. The hair on her arms is blond.

  4. He has a lot of hair on his chest.

  5. He got his hair cut last week.

  6. He has a thick head of hair.

  7. a balding man who is losing his hair

  8. He won the race by a hair.

  9. He was a hair off on the count.

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Illustration of hair

Origin and Etymology of hair

Middle English, from Old English hǣr; akin to Old High German hār hair



HAIR Defined for English Language Learners

hair

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noun

Definition of hair for English Language Learners

  • : a thin threadlike growth from the skin of a person or animal

  • : a covering or growth of hairs

  • : the covering of hairs on a person's head


HAIR Defined for Kids

hair

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noun \ˈher\

Definition of hair for Students

  1. 1 :  a threadlike growth from the skin of a person or animal She pulled out a hair.

  2. 2 :  a covering or growth of hairs I got my hair cut.

  3. 3 :  something (as a growth on a leaf) like an animal hair

  4. 4 :  a very small distance or amount I won by a hair.

haired

\ˈherd\ adjective a long-haired dog

hairless

\ˈher-ləs\ adjective

hairlike

\-ˌlīk\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

hair

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noun , often attributive \ˈha(ə)r, ˈhe(ə)r\

Medical Definition of hair

  1. 1:  a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal; especially :  one of the usually pigmented filaments that form the characteristic coat of a mammal

  2. 2:  the hairy covering of an animal or a body part; especially :  the coating of hairs on a human head

hairlike

\-ˌlīk\play adjective

Illustration of hair



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