hair

noun, often attributive
\ ˈher How to pronounce hair (audio) \

Definition of hair

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 mammal
b : the hairy covering of an animal or a body part especially : the coating of hairs on a human head
2 : haircloth
3a : a minute distance or amount won by a hair
b : a precise degree aligned to a hair
4 obsolete : nature, character
5 : a filamentous structure that resembles hair leaf hair
in one's hair
: persistently and annoyingly in one's presence can't work with you in my hair all day
out of one's hair
: out of one's way : not in one's hair keep the children out of his hair for a while

Illustration of hair

Illustration of hair

hair 1a: 1 shaft, 2 sebaceous gland, 3 epidermis, 4 dermis, 5 hair follicle, 6 bulb, 7 papilla

Other Words from hair

hairless adjective
hairlessness noun
hairlike \ ˈher-​ˌlīk How to pronounce hair (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hair in a Sentence

He plucked a hair from his arm. There are dog hairs all over my coat. The hair on her arms is blond. He has a lot of hair on his chest. He got his hair cut last week. He has a thick head of hair. a balding man who is losing his hair He won the race by a hair. He was a hair off on the count. See More
Recent Examples on the Web There's something about summer that makes just about everyone want to style their hair in beach waves all season long. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 The cellphone video showed Gencarella grabbing Rivas by his hair and smashing his face into the pavement. Amanda Milkovits, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2022 Her hair was pulled back and her makeup was kept minimal and the whole vibe was very cozy. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 4 Aug. 2022 Officials tried to westernize him, including by attempting to comb his hair flat, and falsely told him his parents had died in a house fire. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 Krystin Collier told Channel 2 Action News the footage showed the suspects pulling her son off the ground by his hair and throwing him into a corner of the classroom. Matt Bruce, ajc, 4 Aug. 2022 Bacon and Fallon then appear in a hazy video accompanied by a backing band and wearing their hair in curls. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 4 Aug. 2022 Trucks roar past, whipping my hair and bathing me in grit. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 He’s enchanted by the device, admiring its geysers and beaming as its breeze ruffles his hair. Amy Nicholson, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hair

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hair

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

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Haiphong

hair

hair's breadth

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7 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for hair

hair

noun
\ ˈher How to pronounce hair (audio) \

Kids Definition of hair

1 : a threadlike growth from the skin of a person or animal She pulled out a hair.
2 : a covering or growth of hairs I got my hair cut.
3 : something (as a growth on a leaf) like an animal hair
4 : a very small distance or amount I won by a hair.

Other Words from hair

haired \ ˈherd \ adjective a long-haired dog
hairless \ ˈher-​ləs \ adjective
hairlike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

hair

noun, often attributive
\ ˈha(ə)r, ˈhe(ə)r How to pronounce hair (audio) \

Medical Definition of hair

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

Other Words from hair

hairlike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce hair (audio) \ adjective

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