Definition of hair noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    hair

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//hɛr//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the substance that looks like a mass of fine threads growing especially on the head; one of these threads growing on the body of people and some animals fair/dark hair straight/curly/wavy hair to comb/brush your hair She often wears her hair loose. (informal) I'll be down in a minute. I'm doing (= brushing, arranging, etc.)my hair. I'm having my hair cut this afternoon. He's losing his hair (= becoming bald ). body/facial/pubic hair There's a hair in my soup. The rug was covered with cat hairs. Topic CollocationsClothes and Fashionclothes be wearing a new outfit/bright colors/fur/a uniform/a costume be (dressed) in black/red/jeans and a T-shirt/your best suit/leather/silk/rags (= very old torn clothes) be dressed for work/school/dinner/a special occasion be dressed as a man/woman/clown/pirate wear/dress in casual/designer/second-hand clothes wear jewelry/accessories/a watch/glasses/contact lenses/perfume have a cowboy hat/red dress/blue suit on put on/take off your clothes/coat/shoes/gloves/socks/helmet change into/get changed into a pair of jeans/your pajamasappearance change/enhance/improve your appearance create/get/have/give something a new/contemporary/retro look brush/comb/shampoo/wash/blow-dry your hair have/get a haircut/your hair cut/a new hairstyle have/get a piercing/your nose pierced have/get a tattoo/a tattoo done (on your arm)/a tattoo removed have/get a makeover/plastic surgery/cosmetic surgery/Botox™ treatment use/wear/apply/put on makeup/cosmeticsfashion follow/keep up with fashion/the latest fashions spend/waste money on designer clothes be fashionably/stylishly/well dressed have good/great/terrible/awful taste in clothes update/revamp your wardrobe be in/come into/go out of fashion be (back/very much) in vogue create a style/trend for something organize/put on a fashion show show/unveil a designer's spring/summer collection sashay/strut down the catwalk/runway be on/do a photo/fashion shoot Topic CollocationsPhysical AppearanceA person may be described as having:eyes (bright) blue/green/(dark/light) brown/hazel eyes deep-set/sunken/bulging/protruding eyes small/beady/sparkling/twinkling/shifty eyes piercing/penetrating/steely eyes bloodshot/watery/puffy eyes bushy/thick/dark/raised/arched eyebrows long/dark/thick/curly/false eyelashes/lashesface a flat/bulbous/pointed/sharp/snub nose a straight/a pointy/a Roman/an aquiline nose full/thick/thin/pouty lips dry/chapped/cracked lips flushed/rosy/red/ruddy/pale cheeks soft/chubby/sunken cheeks white/perfect/crooked/protruding teeth a large/high/broad/wide forehead a strong/weak/pointed/double chin a long/full/bushy/wispy beard a full/thin goatee a long/thin/bushy/droopy/handlebar/pencil mustachehair and skin pale/fair/olive/dark/tanned skin dry/oily/smooth/rough/leathery/wrinkled skin a dark/pale/light/sallow/ruddy/olive/swarthy/clear complexion deep/fine/small/facial wrinkles blonde/blond/fair/(light/dark) brown/(jet-)black/auburn/red/ginger/gray hair straight/curly/wavy/frizzy/spiky hair thick/thin/fine/bushy/thinning hair dyed/bleached/soft/silky/dry/greasy/shiny hair long/short/shoulder-length/cropped hair a bald/balding/shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/spot a side/center partbody a long/short/thick/slender/ (disapproving) scrawny neck broad/narrow/sloping/rounded/hunched shoulders a bare/broad/muscular/small/large chest a flat/round/swollen/bulging stomach a small/tiny/narrow/slim/slender/28-inch waist big/wide/narrow/slim hips a straight/bent/arched/broad/hairy back thin/slender/muscular arms big/large/small/manicured/calloused/gloved hands long/short/fat/slender/delicate/bony fingers long/muscular/hairy/shapely/ (informal) (often disapproving) skinny/spindly legs muscular/chubby/ (informal) (disapproving) flabby thighs/calves big/little/small/dainty/wide/narrow/bare feet a good/slim/slender/hourglass figure be of slim/medium/average/large/athletic/stocky build see also camel hair, horsehair
  2. 2-haired (in adjectives) having the type of hair mentioned dark-haired long-haired
  3. 3[countable] a thing that looks like a fine thread growing on the leaves and stem of some plants
  4. Idioms
    get in somebody's hair(informal)
     
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    to annoy someone by always being near them, asking them questions, etc.
    the hair of the dog (that bit you)(informal)
     
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    alcohol that you drink in order to make you feel better when you have drunk too much alcohol the night before
    hang by a hair/thread
     
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    (of a person's life) to be in great danger
    let your hair down(informal)
     
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    to relax and enjoy yourself, especially in a lively way It's about time you let your hair down and had some fun!
    make somebody's hair stand on end
     
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    to shock or frighten someone a chilling tale that will make your hair stand on end
    not harm/touch a hair on somebody's head
     
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    to not hurt someone physically in any way
    not have a hair out of place
     
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    (of a person) to look extremely clean and neat
    not see hide nor hair of somebody/something(informal)
     
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    not to see someone or something for some time I haven't seen hide nor hair of her for a month.
    not turn a hair
     
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    to show no emotion when something surprising, shocking, etc. happens She listened to his confession without turning a hair.
    split hairs
     
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    to pay too much attention in an argument to differences that are very small and not important
    tear your hair (out)(informal)
     
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    to show that you are very angry or anxious about something She's keeping very calm—anyone else would be tearing their hair out.