Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Informal Dreadlocks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. dreadlocks
  • n. A Rastafarian person.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of dread.

Etymologies

Abbreviation of dreadlocks. Mean “Rastafarian person” by synecdoche. (Wiktionary)
dread +‎ -s (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On the other, the characters, as pictured, are recognizably African-American -- Rapunzel's long hair is braided in dreads -- not just sepia-toned drawings of white people.

    "But she wanted a tutu"

  • YSU president: Student death at Ohio frat house what every college administrator 'dreads' YSU president: Student death at Ohio frat house what every college administrator 'dreads' - A day after an admired college student was shot dead at an Ohio fraternity house and 11 people were injured, the governor, college officials and friends were hoping to find some explanation for the violence.

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  • I must say he looked totally bizarre in it -- the dreads were attached to a rasta gorrita and he looked like something the cat dragged in.

    Quality of Beaches

  • Mistrust of Gedwyn and Rochaid was simple sense, but was he coming down with what Nynaeve had called the dreads?

    The Path of Daggers

  • One of their dreads was the possibility of sticking a rusty nail into the foot, as this was liable to cause lockjaw, a malady regarded with awe and terror.

    Mark Twain, a Biography. Complete

  • They believed the dreads were their body's antennae to the energy in the universe.

    Diary of a Crafty Chica

  • Just don't start out that way - if the poor soul you are calling dreads your calls … how much better do you expect things to get?

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  • Mr. Harper, who "dreads" turning on pop radio, mentioned that he didn't want his music to be "geography specific."

    Ben Harper, The Surfers' Choice

  • You are actually probably here in Pittsburgh right now (G20) throwing rocks through windows and fixing your "dreads" with the rest of the anarchist morons. conductrix wrote: I don't understand why we're glorifying a young man's decision to put himself in the line of fire in a war that was started for a lie ... and for oil.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Heidi Range has claimed that she no longer "dreads" her Sugababes commitments thanks to the departure of Keisha Buchanan.

    All - Digital Spy - Entertainment and Media News

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