tow·​head | \ ˈtō-ˌhed How to pronounce towhead (audio) \

Definition of towhead

1 : a head of hair resembling tow especially in being flaxen or tousled also : a person having such a head of hair
2 : a low alluvial island or shoal in a river : sandbar

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towheaded \ ˈtō-​ˌhe-​dəd How to pronounce towhead (audio) \ adjective

Examples of towhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The notion, like the uncouth, wispy-haired towhead himself, was an easy mark for Bennett, who took aim following Greeley’s sermon on the coverage of the New Jersey murder. James M. Lundberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Mar. 2020 An outdoorsy, blue-eyed towhead, Jim, was living in the house next door, right on the beach. Alison Rose, Town & Country, 16 Dec. 2012 The towhead flashes his dad a cheeky smile, grabs a puppy by his neck roll, and runs off down a hill with his seven-year-old brother, Federico, to find some chickens. J.j. Martin, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Dec. 2007

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First Known Use of towhead

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of towhead was in 1829

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“Towhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of towhead

: a person with very light blond hair


tow·​head | \ ˈtō-ˌhed How to pronounce towhead (audio) \

Kids Definition of towhead

: a person with very light blond hair

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