Definition of forelock in US English:



  • 1A lock of hair growing just above the forehead.

    • ‘Without fiscal autonomy Scots will always end up going to London furiously tugging their forelocks as they push forward the national begging bowl.’
    • ‘Two surgical hair restoration sessions were used to integrate transplanted hair into the resident terminal hair of the forelock, producing a central density that should persist for many years.’
    • ‘Tse's boyish look, bolstered by his trademark floppy forelocks, is a crucial signpost from the very beginning.’
    • ‘Red hair was greased back, allowing only two forelocks to fall.’
    • ‘He wiped over his forelock and his turban and his socks.’
    • ‘It started to snow and through the snow I saw a greenish forelock to the armless girl's hair.’
    • ‘Sam Beckett seemed to be a handsome man in his early forties, with a single white forelock in an otherwise brown head of hair.’
    • ‘Bring it diagonally across the forelock, where it will become the first ‘center’ strand.’
    • ‘Feeling slightly annoyed, I turned and looked, nudging my forelock out of my eyes so I could see better, not having to look through strands of fine, black hair.’
    • ‘He grasps a forelock between his thumb, his index finger, and the one beside it and he twirls it around and around, until it stands up in a little tuft.’
    • ‘Every fleeting image was of a taller young man, perhaps in his early forties, a man with longish brown hair distinguished by a single white forelock falling into warm hazel eyes.’
    • ‘His shaggy forelock of dark hair was sticking up oddly over his shocked eyes.’
    • ‘Natai tied up his hair with a ribbon and pushed the forelock form his eyes.’
    tress, tuft, curl
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    1. 1.1 The part of the mane of a horse or similar animal, which grows from the poll and hangs down over the forehead.
      • ‘Rolling her eyes, she gathered the horse's forelock and gently lifted the bit from his mouth.’
      • ‘He has an all-white body with colored ears and some color in his forelock and mane, but I believe that will disappear and he will become all white.’
      • ‘He flicked his ears forward attentively and tossed his head, sending his forelock and mane flying.’
      • ‘Most species have a mane on the neck and a lock of hair on the forepart of the head known as a forelock.’
      • ‘I work my way up his legs and then onto his mane and forelock and lastly his back.’
      • ‘Its mane and forelock were thick and black as well, and its deep brown eyes stared happily at Tam as she got the bridle from a hook in the stall.’
      • ‘Becoming faster now, she tossed the face brush back into the box and grabbed the comb, taking a few runs through his mane and forelock, just getting the remnants of hay out of it.’
      • ‘An hour passed as I brushed him, trimmed his forelock, and picked his feet.’
      • ‘Their mane, tails, and forelocks are the same color as their coats and can be a shade or two darker.’
      • ‘Only 10 strands of hair from the tail, forelock, but preferably the mane, are needed, pulled in exactly the same way as required for thinning manes.’
      • ‘The mare touched down in a clearing a little ways away from the end of the forest, she trotted a few strides and then stopped and snorted, disrupting her long forelock.’
      • ‘One of the Shetlands called Pinkerton is a palomino with large bulging black eyes, a long forelock, mane and tail and a sandy coloured mark down his spine.’
      • ‘The animals were all tethered by their forelocks and would not have wandered away even if the women left behind were not there.’
      • ‘They have an erect mane and lack the forelock of a horse.’
      • ‘She absently stroked the horse's silky forelock but an insistent whinny reminded her of Hope.’
      • ‘Horse owners know the whole story when it comes to our horse's manes, tails and forelocks.’
      • ‘The tails and some forelocks of the horses, who were from different sires, were cut at the weekend, but the animals, belonging to various vendors, were not interfered with or injured in any other way.’
      • ‘Calmly standing in the stall was a chocolate brown blood mare, a splash of white coloring her forelocks and spreading down to the knee on her front left leg.’
      • ‘The saddle, armor, and bit of his horse were green as well, and each of the green strands of the horse's mane, forelock, and tail was braided with a gold thread and a string of golden bells.’
      • ‘They will take two or three years to grow back properly - and in the summer the horses need their forelocks to brush away bugs and flies and stop infections.’