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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)


  • Mal saw a medium-sized young man, even-featured with hard brown eyes, a dark brown crew cut and razor nicks on heavily shadowed pale skin.

    The Big Nowhere

  • In many ways, they were all Carls and all Swaggers: scrawny men with lots of fast-twitch muscles, hair crew cut yet thick, thousand-yard stares, the dignity of the professional military or police, no sense of emotional excess anywhere, no moans or tears.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • Mayor Bowron’s barber shaped Danny’s outgrown crew cut into a modified pompadour that changed the whole set of his face.

    The Big Nowhere

  • The guy had bulked up considerably, and cleaned up; he now wore a neat crew cut moussed to an inch and a half of vertical, a white shirt, a dark suit, a tie.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • The first was Gavin Dane, a compact man with a crew cut and a tight-fitting black T-shirt that showed off a lean physique.

    The Ark

  • Al, Mayor Bowron’s barber, is going to get rid of that crew cut of yours and cut your hair so that you look less like a cop.

    The Big Nowhere


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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