longhair

longhair

[lawng-hair, long-] Informal.
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:
1915–20; long1 + hair

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Word Origin & History

longhair
1920, "intellectual," especially in musical tastes, "devotee of classical music;" from long (adj.) + hair. Sense of "hippie" took over 1969.
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longhair definition


  1. n.
    a highbrow with long hair; especially a musician. : There were a few longhairs at the bar, but none of the regulars.
  2. mod.
    highbrow; [of music] classical. : Longhair stuff like symphonies and art galleries bores me to tears.
  3. n.
    a hippy; a long-haired youth of the 1960s. (Usually derogatory.) : There are fewer longhairs around here than there were in the sixties.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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