from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shock-headed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as shock-headed; by extension, rough and bushy at the top.
  • n. A head covered with bushy or frowzy hair; a frowzy head of hair.


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  • A shock-head of red hair, which the hat and periwig of the Lowland costume had in a great measure concealed, was seen beneath the Highland bonnet, and verified the epithet of Roy, or Red, by which he was much better known in the

    Rob Roy

  • “Alas; my Cousin Sophy!” he flew back to the rescue of that young lady, and found her already delivered by Pipes, who having been alarmed by the smell of fire, had got up, rushed immediately to the chamber where he knew these companions lodged, and Emily being saved by her lover brought off Miss Sophy with the loss of his own shock-head of hair, which was singed off in his retreat.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • Cadfael reached a hand, and put back the cowl from the shock-head of curls, and there was just filtering dawn-light enough to show him the shape of the solemn oval face, all steady, dilated, confronting eyes.

    Monk's Hood

  • And there was Brother Winfrid in full vigorous action, a big, loose-jointed youth with a shock-head of wiry hair hedging in his shaven crown, his habit kilted to brawny knees, and a broad foot shod in a wooden clog driving the steel-edged spade through the fibrous tangle of bean holms as through blades of grass.

    The Hermit of Eyton Forest

  • "What does it prove?" wondered Edwy, his bright shock-head bent curiously over the shoe.

    The Rose Rent

  • A small, stocky boy with a round shock-head of brown hair, large unwavering brown eyes, and a formidably firm mouth and chin belying the childish fullness of his cheeks.

    The Virgin In The Ice

  • The torch shone its yellow, resinous light upon a shock-head of coarse auburn hair, a pair of wide shoulders in a leather jerkin, and a face that might have been sharp, lively and even comely when he was awake and sober, but now looked bloated and idiotic, with open, slobbering mouth and reddened eyes.

    St. Peter's Fair

  • He had a monstrous shock-head black as coal, and there was more than a full palm-breadth between his two eyes; and he had great cheeks, and an immense flat nose, with great wide nostrils, and thick lips redder than a roast, and great ugly yellow teeth.

    Aucassin and Nicolette translated from the Old French

  • Young Socknersh went, stooping his shock-head still lower as he passed under the worn oak lintel of the kitchen door.

    Joanna Godden

  • He smiled at her, she smiled back; the silence was hard to break, but just as they were on the edge of the precipice the big shock-head of the little boy looked in on them through the chink of the door and cried:

    The Eternal City


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