Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A spiral curl of hair pressed flat against the cheek, temple, or forehead.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small lock of hair curled so as to lie flat on the temple: so called jocosely or contemptuously from the circumstance that they were often made with the help of saliva.

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

  • colloq. A little lock of hair, plastered in a spiral form on the temple or forehead with spittle, or other adhesive substance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun colloquial, dated A little lock of hair, plastered in a spiral form on the temple or forehead with spittle or other adhesive substance.

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

  • noun a spiral curl plastered on the forehead or cheek

Etymologies

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

[From the use of saliva to fix the curl.]

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  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    noun

    Etymology: probably from its being sometimes plastered down with saliva

    Date: 1831

    : a spiral curl that is usually plastered on the forehead, temple, or cheek

    February 1, 2008