from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having thick and bushy or shaggy hair, especially when tumbled or frowzy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having a thick and bushy head of hair.

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

  • adjective having a shock (or untidy mass) of hair


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  • Some of the work looks satirical, even when it's meant to be a straightforward portrait, as William Bell Scott's of Algernon Charles Swinburne (1860), which makes the poet of sado-masochism ("O splendid and sterile Dolores,/Our Lady of Pain"β€”to quote a couplet chosen at random) look like the diminutive, shock-headed undergraduate he actually was at the time.

    A Self-Conscious Pursuit of Beauty in Art Paul Levy 2011

  • The scullion, a shock-headed young giant, his mouth firmly shut and his face equally uncommunicative under this new and untested rule, slid a glance along his shoulder at Cadfael, made an intelligent estimate of what he saw there, and uttered through motionless lips but clearly: "Best let him go, brother, if you wish him well."

    A River So Long 2010

  • Some of the streets had come down in the world; in their decay, they retained β€œa mournful look of having known better days; a look that even their tenement rooms their broken windows, half-stuffed with paper, and their shock-headed dirty inmates [could not] altogether abolish or destroy.”

    Promenades Through London: Bloomsbury | Edwardian Promenade 2007

  • Stephen Mangan's Norman is a bundle of contrary traits, a bearded, shock-headed, big-eyed, loping-gaited hippy seducer, with the manners and morals of a big sloppy puppy -- but an incongruously boring career as an assistant librarian.

    At Courtauld Gallery, More Turner Mastery 2008

  • I couldn't help noting, within this context, how the shock-headed hairstyles on the men, especially that of the fair-haired and slyly demonic Ethan Stiefel, gave the ballet an "Edward Scissorhands" dimension.

    New From Ratmansky and Tharp 2008

  • There were its cattle market, its sheep market, and its pig market down by the river, with raw-boned and shock-headed Rob Roys hiding their Lowland dresses beneath heavy plaids, prowling in and out among the animals, and flavouring the air with fumes of whiskey.

    The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices 2007

  • Back and forth goes the text as we see a pair of shock-headed children giving doves gloves, a mule a pool, or frogs some sailing togs.

    Review of the Day: Never Tease a Weasel fusenumber8 2007

  • A red-haired mother under the Lesser Rule goes by, green-gowned, with dark green straps crossing between her breasts, and her two shock-headed children, bare-legged and lightly shod, tug at her hands on either side.

    A Modern Utopia Herbert George 2006

  • I was tall and rangily powerful; I was shock-headed and naked but for a wolf hide girt about my loins.

    Wings in the Night Howard, Robert E. 2006

  • The heather hills, the wattle huts, the spears of my shock-headed tribesmen!

    Wings in the Night Howard, Robert E. 2006


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