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longhair

[lawng-hair, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌhɛər, ˈlɒŋ-/
noun
1.
Sometimes Disparaging. an intellectual.
2.
a person, often gifted, who is very interested in or devoted to the arts, especially a performer, composer, or lover of classical music.
3.
a person having long, hair, especially a hippie.
4.
a cat having long fur.
adjective, Also, longhaired
5.
having long, hair:
a longhair cat.
6.
of or characteristic of longhairs or their tastes.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; long1 + hair
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Word Origin and History for long hair

longhair

n.

also long-hair, "cat with long hair," 1893, from long (adj.) + hair. As "intellectual," especially in musical tastes, "devotee of classical music," 1920. Sense of "hippie" attested from 1969.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for long hair

longhair

adjective
  1. (also long-haired): longhair tastes in poetry
  2. (also longhaired): sonatas and other longhair stuff
noun
  1. An intellectual; egghead (1920+)
  2. Classical music •Originally the term was used for musicians who play from written music, and for the music they play: sometimes called Western music, sometimes European music, and sometimes just longhair (1920s+ Jazz musicians)
  3. A young man with long hair, esp a hippie: another longhair, a member of our commune (1960s+)

[earlier senses fr the stereotype of an intellectual orestheteasbeingstrangeandwearinglonghair]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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