Definition of do-rag in English:


(also doo-rag)


North American
  • A scarf or cloth worn on the head, typically with its ends or corners tied together in the back.

    ‘a young man dressed in baggy pants and a do-rag’
    • ‘She wore her soccer jersey and a black do-rag.’
    • ‘A young man dressed in baggy pants and a do-rag calls out.’
    • ‘She was wearing basketball shorts with a tank top and had her hair wrapped in a do-rag.’
    • ‘Many children actually resented it and some kids, to the supreme dismay of their parents, wore do-rags anyway.’
    • ‘Luke, who has faint freckles and coarse curls, suggests they tie the bibs into do-rags.’
    • ‘The characters he sketched donned baggy jeans, do-rags, and gold medallions.’
    • ‘Wearing navy nylon sweat pants, a black do-rag and a gray sleeveless shirt that shows off bulging biceps, he mows, trims and edges for the better part of two hours.’
    • ‘Showing up at the mall the following day 150-strong, wearing bandanas and do-rags, they accused the mall of promoting a racist policy towards African-Americans.’
    • ‘It was sufficiently bizarre to see men and women in their late sixties and seventies tottering around the decks wearing eye patches, death's head do-rags, and plastic hooks while muttering, ‘Avast, matey!’’
    • ‘It's not totally consistent, but if you're considering throwing in the do-rag, it might be just what you need.’
    • ‘A black do-rag covered his head, and a blue handkerchief, decorated with white patterns, hung from his rear left pocket.’
    • ‘Yes, headdress and veil are included, but the do-rag stays with me.’
    • ‘For some it means wilderness treks, hemp do-rags, and a rigorous recycling regimen.’
    • ‘But I'm also turned off by his penchant for wearing ‘faux hip-hop gear’, with the XXXL t-shirts and baggy sweatpants and do-rags and bandanna headties in full effect.’
    • ‘Rocking a red, white and blue do-rag, the first-time Olympian addressed the media and spoke about how he represents the flawed community.’
    • ‘I couldn't find any pictures of her performing at the funeral, but she was definitely wearing some kind of black do-rag under the fedora.’
    • ‘They may not take offense at the men's do-rags and throwback baseball caps cocked to the side, but some of the women's tight jeans and skirts would certainly provoke ire.’
    • ‘He was wearing a Union Jack do-rag cleverly fashioned out of an old t-shirt sleeve.’
    • ‘Others took a more direct-action approach: flicking pencils, playing with gum, fiddling with their do-rags, snapping rubber bands - an apparently inexhaustible repertoire of ‘acting out,’ as the school psychologists say.’
    • ‘In low-slung pants and do-rags, they draw stares as they enter to warm up for the evening's event.’


1960s: from do + rag.