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[hair-kuht] /ˈhɛərˌkʌt/
an act or instance of cutting the hair.
the style in which the hair is cut and worn, especially men's hair.
Origin of haircut
1895-1900; hair + cut
Related forms
haircutter, noun
haircutting, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for haircut
  • And if the psycho wore a creepy mask or really bad haircut, all the better.
  • Even pink cheeks or a distinctive haircut could make the difference.
  • Underneath it he has a military haircut, shaved up the sides and a little longer on top.
  • All she needed was a shorter haircut and a smart pantsuit.
  • The risk that investors could face a haircut in two years' time keeps yields high today, which in turn blights the rescue plans.
  • One consolation is that your correspondent has not paid for a haircut in decades.
  • After a good haircut, many will form neat clumps of basal foliage, while others will remain dormant.
  • Celebrate your new healthy look: get a haircut and wear clean clothes.
British Dictionary definitions for haircut


the act or an instance of cutting the hair
the style in which hair has been cut
(stock exchange, slang) a percentage of the value of an asset deducted to account for a possible fall in its value before it can be liquidated
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Word Origin and History for haircut

also hair-cut, 1887, "act of cutting the hair," from hair (n.) + cut (n.). As "style of wearing the hair," by 1890.

The Romans began to cut the hair about A.U.C. 454, when Ticinius Maenas introduced Barbers from Sicily. Then they began to cut, curl, and perfume it. The glass was consulted as now upon rising from the barber's chair. [Rev. Thomas Dudley Fosbroke, "Encyclopædia of Antiquities," London, 1825]
Related: Haircutter; haircutting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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