follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

towhead

[toh-hed] /ˈtoʊˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a head of very light blond, almost white hair.
2.
a person with such hair.
3.
a sand bar in a river, especially a sand bar with a stand of cottonwood trees.
Origin of towhead
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism; tow2 + head
Related forms
tow-headed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for towhead
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • We laid up for the day on a towhead tolerable close to the left-hand bank.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • It warn't no towhead that you could float by in ten minutes.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • As soon as I got started I took out after the raft, hot and heavy, right down the towhead.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • "Peterson didn't say nothin' about th' snag or th' towhead," he growled.

    Bring Me His Ears Clarence E. Mulford
  • Pleased and surprised to have escaped, the towhead withdrew.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • As we dropped below the towhead, the Boy, for once silent, wistfully gazed astern.

    Afloat on the Ohio Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • Minnie nodded her towhead toward a weather-beaten house of two rooms across the street.

  • To the right of that was a towhead, a newly formed island of mud and sand partly awash.

    Bring Me His Ears Clarence E. Mulford
  • The snag now lay to port, the towhead to starboard, and holding a straight course the Missouri Belle crept slowly between them.

    Bring Me His Ears Clarence E. Mulford
British Dictionary definitions for towhead

towhead

/ˈtəʊˌhɛd/
noun (often derogatory)
1.
a person with blond or yellowish hair
2.
a head of such hair
Word Origin
from tow² (flax)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for towhead
n.

also tow-head, in reference to tousled blond hair, 1830, from tow (n.) + head (n.). Related: Towheaded.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for towhead

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for towhead

14
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for towhead