spit curl

noun

Definition of spit curl

: a spiral curl that is usually plastered on the forehead, temple, or cheek

Examples of spit curl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brandon Routh just missed the superhero movie boom by a spit curl. David Betancourt, Washington Post, "Brandon Routh thought his Superman days were over. Until he got a phone call.," 9 Dec. 2019 The hair was short, combed forward, and arranged in sort of spit curls around the temples. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013 The classic look would often get sexed up with spit curls that lay slicked to the forehead, at the nape of the neck, or in front of the ear, thanks to the influence of Josephine Baker. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "Watch 100 Years of Iconic Short-Hair Trends in Under Four Minutes," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of spit curl

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spit curl

probably from its being sometimes plastered down with saliva

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“Spit curl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spit%20curl. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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