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[hair-bruhsh] /ˈhɛərˌbrʌʃ/
a brush for smoothing and styling the hair.
Origin of hairbrush
1590-1600; hair + brush1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Yes, I'll wear 'em," he answered, snatching at his hairbrush and beginning to brush his damp hair.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • A touch of the hairbrush was necessary, and for his hands the file of the nail-scissors.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • He put down the hairbrush and inspected the razors on their shelf.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Cold water and my hairbrush soon made me fit to be seen again.

    The Legacy of Cain Wilkie Collins
  • Henrietta laid her hairbrush down deliberately and started leisurely toward the door.

    Girls of Highland Hall Carolyn Watson Rankin
  • The hairbrush and Hales bombs were also studied in addition to the Bethune.

    The Story of the "9th King's" in France Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
  • In my little bundle I carried a small mirror, a hairbrush, a piece of soap, a couple of white collars and a towel.

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
  • Madame Patoff remained standing, the hairbrush still in her hand.

    Paul Patoff F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for hairbrush


a brush for grooming the hair
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hairbrush

1590s, from hair + brush (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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