Definition of hair noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//heə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//her//
    Describing hair, Body parts, Face
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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. Wordfinderauburn, blonde, dark, fair, ginger, grey, jet black, mousy, redhead, sandy CollocationsClothes and fashionClothes be wearing a new outfit/​bright colours/​fancy dress/​fur/​uniform 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 jewellery/(especially US English) 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/​helmet pull on/​pull off your coat/​gloves/​socks change into/​get changed into a pair of jeans/​your pyjamas/(especially US English) 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/​cosmetic surgery use/​wear/​apply/​put on make-up/​cosmeticsFashion follow/​keep up with (the) 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/​vogue for something organize/​put on a fashion show show/​unveil a designer’s spring/​summer collection sashay/​strut down the catwalk/(North American English also) runway be on/​do a photo/​fashion shoot CollocationsPhysical appearance A 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/(informal) 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 hooked/​a Roman/(formal) 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/​sloping forehead a strong/​weak/​pointed/​double chin a long/​full/​bushy/​wispy/​goatee beard a long/​thin/​bushy/​droopy/​handlebar/​pencil moustache/ (especially US English) 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/​little/​facial wrinkles blonde/​blond/​fair/(light/​dark) brown/(jet-)black/​auburn/​red/(British English) ginger/​grey 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/​centre/(US English) center (British English) parting/ (North American English) partBody a long/​short/​thick/​slender/(disapproving) scrawny neck broad/​narrow/​sloping/​rounded/​hunched shoulders a bare/​broad/​muscular/​small/​large chest a flat/​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/(both informal, often disapproving) skinny/​spindly legs muscular/​chubby/(informal, disapproving) flabby thighs big/​little/​small/​dainty/​wide/​narrow/​bare feet a good/​a slim/​a slender/​an hourglass figure be of slim/​medium/​average/​large/​athletic/​stocky build see also camel hair, horsehair More Like This Compound adjectives for physical characteristics -beaked, -bellied, -billed, -blooded, -bodied, -cheeked, -chested, -eared, -eyed, -faced, -fingered, -footed, -haired, -handed, -headed, -hearted, -hipped, -lidded, -limbed, -mouthed, -necked, -nosed, -skinned, -tailed, -throated, -toothedSee worksheet. See related entries: Describing hair, Body parts, Face
  2. 2-haired (in adjectives) having the type of hair mentioned dark-haired long-haired See related entries: Describing hair
  3. 3 [countable] a thing that looks like a fine thread growing on the leaves and stems of some plants
  4. see also cross hairs
    Word OriginOld English hǣr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch haar and German Haar.Extra examples He ran both hands through his thinning hair. He went to the barber’s to have his hair cut. Her blond hair fell over her eyes. Her only hair accessory was a headband. His hair curls naturally. His hair was shaved close to his head. His hair was tousled and he looked as if he’d just woken up. I don’t like the way she’s arranged her hair, do you? I’ll be down in a minute, I’m just doing my hair. I’m trying to grow my hair. I’ve decided to have my hair permed. Kyle reached out to stroke her hair. She had beautiful auburn hair. She had shoulder-length black hair. She pushed a stray hair behind her ear. She showered, fixed her hair, and applied make up. She tossed her long hair out of her eyes. She wore her long hair loose on her shoulders. They had styled my hair by blowing it out straight. Why don’t you let your hair grow? Why don’t you put your hair up for this evening? a new shampoo for dull or dry hair a stylist specializing in hair extensions how to cope with hair loss waxing, and the other hair removal methods available for men There’s a hair in my soup.Idioms
    get in somebody’s hair
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    (informal) to annoy somebody by always being near them, asking them questions, etc.
    the hair of the dog (that bit you)
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    (informal) alcohol that you drink in order to make you feel better when you have drunk too much alcohol the night before
    (of a person’s life) to be in great danger (British English, informal) used to tell somebody to stop shouting and become calm when they are angry (informal) 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 somebody a chilling tale that will make your hair stand on end
    not harm/touch a hair of somebody’s head
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    to not hurt somebody 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
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    (informal) not to see somebody/something for some time I haven't seen hide nor hair of her for a month.
    to show no emotion when something surprising, shocking, etc. happens She listened to his confession without turning a hair. to pay too much attention in an argument to differences that are very small and not important (informal) to show that you are very angry or anxious about something She's keeping very calm—anyone else would be tearing their hair out.