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  • n. A closely-cropped male haircut in which the hairs stick upward, like the short bristles of a brush.

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  • n. a closely cropped haircut; usually for men


Originally worn by rowing crew (Wiktionary)


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  • A crew cut is a type of haircut in which the hair is cut fairly short. The term was most likely coined to describe the haircut worn by members of the Yale rowing crew. The name drew a contrast with football players of the time, who wore long hair to compensate for flimsy leather helmets.

    The crew cut was adopted by the United States armed forces during World War II, and became a civilian fashion for men throughout the 1950s.


    February 1, 2008