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variant spelling of lock entry 1 sense 1c


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variants or lock
locing ˈlä-kiŋ How to pronounce loc (audio) or locking; loc'd ˈläkt How to pronounce loc (audio) or locked; locs or locks

transitive + intransitive

: to form into dreadlocks
Let's face it: The process of waiting for your hair to loc can be both lengthy and frustrating.Del Sandeen
You can choose to let the hair loc and then separate it. But you can also part the hair in advance to divide it into distinct sections.Matt Sailor and Yves Jeffcoat
Chris Gilliam, 37, a 14-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department who began wearing locks last fall, was drawn to the style's symbolism. "If left to its own devices, our hair will lock. People, left to our own devices, maybe we will come together too," he says.David France et al.
… they use either braiding hair loc'd with your own hair or faux locs wrapped around your own hair.Sami Roberts
Deciding to lock your hair is a huge decision, not to mention permanent one.LaParis Hawkins

Examples of loc in a Sentence

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The ladies who loc in 2021? Jihan Forbe, Allure, 21 July 2021

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Word History



verbal derivative of lock entry 1 in dreadlock

Note: The use as a telic or change of state verb may indicate that the verb lock entry 3 has a role in the derivation.

First Known Use


1992, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loc was in 1992

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“Loc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loc. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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