- 1[countable] a flat piece of plastic or metal with a row of thin teeth along one side, used for making your hair neat; a smaller version of this worn by women in their hair to hold it in place or as a decoration He just had time to wash his face and drag a comb through his hair before going out. She ran a comb through her tangled hair. See related entries: Styling hair, Hair products and accessories
- 2[countable, usually singular] the act of using a comb on your hair Your hair needs a good comb. Your hair could do with a comb!
- 3[countable, uncountable] = honeycomb
- 4[countable] the soft, red piece of flesh on the head of a male chicken Word Origin Old English camb, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kam and German Kamm.Idioms
to examine or search something very carefully The police have gone over the house with a fine-tooth comb.