Definition of combover in US English:



  • Hair that is combed over a bald spot in an attempt to cover it.

    • ‘Accordingly, he has given up his comb-over hairstyle in favour of a straight-back cut that is winning rave reviews.’
    • ‘For men, halfhearted comb-overs, plugs, weaves, and toupees are strictly forbidden and will be cause for harsh disciplinary action.’
    • ‘Cutting hair short makes thinning less noticeable (forget the comb-over - you're fooling no one but yourself).’
    • ‘Not only did it have very little success in improving sales, but it was much more costly due to the fact that they had to stop the photo shoots every time the wind blew in order to allow the hairstylists to fix the comb-overs.’
    • ‘That was a relief because prior to that I had let my hair grow out to cover the bald spot - like a bad comb-over.’
    • ‘He's a portly gent with an eye patch and black hair forced across his head in an unforgiving comb-over.’
    • ‘The film portrays actuaries as mathematics-obsessed, socially disconnected individuals with bad comb-overs, according to the society, which is the largest professional body of actuaries worldwide, with more than 17,000 members.’
    • ‘His greying hair was styled in a comb-over, his brown eyes glowing with kindness.’
    • ‘Don't assume that a properly brushed comb-over will look like a full head of hair.’
    • ‘One old man with an almost threadbare pate and the thinnest of comb-overs even stopped to pump up his volume and then smile at the result.’
    • ‘The maitre d' was a thick-set man in his forties with a bad comb-over and handle-bar moustache, wearing an orange T-shirt and black leather pants.’
    • ‘Swallowing the lump that comes into my throat at this thought, I climb on board, nod to the surly looking bus driver with the white comb-over and poorly trimmed goatee, and try to scope out a place to sit.’
    • ‘There are comb-overs, hair potions, and more drastic transplants.’
    • ‘Many men wear a comb-over to hide thinning or a receding hairline.’
    • ‘After much deliberation, my boyfriend and I decided that a comb-over was not something either of us would find very sexy, so a couple of months ago he shaved his head to offset the signs of impending baldness.’
    • ‘As he paced, his poorly fitted suit stretched and pulled unflatteringly around his paunchy stomach, and with each step his stringy hair fell limply from its comb-over in greasy strands.’
    • ‘She stared at the back of the cabbie's head, at the lame comb-over attempt to hide a textbook case of male pattern baldness.’
    • ‘All I really can do is grow a few patches here and there, and since the comb-over idea didn't go over too well, it would seem as though I'm out of luck.’
    • ‘And he doesn't try to cover up the obvious with goofy comb-overs, wigs, or medical procedures.’
    • ‘He was dishevelled, unshaven, his comb-over in disarray, and clouds of whiskey-fumes rose in a steady haze from between his chapped lips.’