Definitions

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

  • n. A small mass of hair in the stomach or intestine of an animal, such as a cat, that is accumulated when the animal swallows hair while licking its coat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small wad of fur or mass of hair formed in the digestive system of a cat or other animal, from hair ingested while grooming.
  • n. A messy, tangled, intractable, stay-away-from-it issue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a compact mass of hair that forms in the stomach of animals as a result of licking fur.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small pellet or a large concretion, composed chiefly of hair, found in the stomachs of animals which have the habit of licking themselves or other animals. See bezoar and heterolith.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a compact mass of hair that forms in the alimentary canal (especially in the stomach of animals as a result of licking fur)
  • n. a compact mass of hair that forms in the alimentary canal (especially in the stomach of animals as a result of licking fur)

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • I still think IPTV is a political hairball, which is going to cause a lot of problems in the near term.

    Bells Setback in Texas IPTV Battle

  • Hair clumped together might be called a hairball to some, but it's art to others.

    Museum Blogs

  • Nope, those felted pins look like some kind of hairball/eggsacks from god-knows-what kind of insect/alien.

    Regretsy – Kitty Glitter

  • Sure, this "hairball" IT system I'm supposed to be in charge of is all someone else's fault, but that "chargeback" system, well accounting is in charge of that aren't they!

    freshnews.org - most clicked links

  • The smallest of the dogs looked more like a "hairball" than a dog when first removed from the house.

    Sand Mountain Reporter: News

  • After the vet inspected the 'hairball' he told me that it looked like a combination of stage makeup, Rogaine and Friskies Chicken Liver Dinner.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • Seeking a way to trim irrelevant parts of the "hairball" and focus on the most important connections, the Lindquist lab collaborated with Ernest Fraenkel's lab in the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    HHMI News

  • To start, Cisco provided typical technology-industry slides: dense diagrams of computers and phones and products connected by a hairball of lines.

    Combining the Right Words and Visuals

  • To start, they handed us typical technology-industry slides: dense diagrams of computers and phones and products connected by a hairball of lines.

    Avoiding the Road to PowerPoint Hell

  • Anybody interested in seeing the world's largest pig hairball?

    1000 Architects and Engineers

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.


  • In deep sleep hear sound
    cat vomit hairball somewhere
    will find in morning


    - Anon, Cat Haiku.

    August 12, 2008

  • Eeeeeeeewwwww!

    June 27, 2007

  • a clump of mess that my cat leaves around the house for my naked foot to find

    June 27, 2007