Definition of pomade in US English:



  • A scented ointment applied to the hair or scalp.

    • ‘The reason I oppose their pomade is because it leaves shiny, sticky hair that often loses its hold quickly.’
    • ‘To intensify separation, use a touch of pomade.’
    • ‘Barbel applied a dime-size amount of pomade through the ends for a piecey finish.’
    • ‘Suave makes a great hair-care line for guys, and it includes pomade!’
    • ‘Blow dry hair with a small amount of pomade for smooth shine, then define with a bit of texture cream, worked into individual sections.’
    • ‘Don't hesitate to mess up your hairstyle because that's what pomade is meant to do.’
    • ‘If you use gels, heavy creams or pomades to slick or spike your hair, adding a drop or two of your favorite essential oil (like lavender, jasmine, rosemary, sage or ylang-ylang) can counter some of the drying effects of such products.’
    • ‘No referring to hair gel, pomade or grease as ‘product’.’
    • ‘I'll scrunch pomade into my maverick hair and embrace my $30 cut.’
    • ‘Put on a skinny headband, then tease the back of the hair with pomade or hair spray.’
    • ‘To get the actor's piecey wisps, use a flat iron and light pomade to shape and prevent flyaways.’
    • ‘Style your hair with a quasi-Mohawk, by adding pomade to emphasize the hair in the middle of your head so that it sticks up more than the rest of your hair.’
    • ‘Clooney is superb as the vain, foppish McGill, scouring the stores for his preferred brand of hair pomade even as the police manhunt draws ever closer.’
    • ‘His birthday is Sept 21 and though pomade is a pretty lame gift, I'm sick to death of him complaining about Brillcreem.’
    • ‘Well, don't go putting pomade in your hair, Dave, but yeah, just boogie it up some.’
    • ‘Working in random, one-inch sections, take a dab of pliable pomade, and coat and twist hair as you go.’
    • ‘As for why the movie is set in 1960, it might be as much for the lustrous effect of pomade in Yuddy's hair or his sleek, flattering period wardrobe and car as anything it contributes to the narrative.’
    • ‘When I learned that house flies were getting stuck in my pomade, I decided to grow my hair out again.’
    • ‘The men wore shiny suits and chunky pinky rings and reeked of pomade and cologne.’
    • ‘Mont Source's pomade is very easy to apply, and another great advantage is that it takes a very small amount to get the desired style.’


[with object]often as adjective pomaded
  • Apply pomade to.

    ‘a perfumed and pomaded man’
    • ‘He was in his 50's or early 60's, gray hair pomaded back old-style.’
    • ‘The main attraction is just plain old proverbial eye candy in the form of glossy-lipped, apple-cheeked, exfoliated pretty boy punims peeking out from perfectly pomaded locks.’
    • ‘They wore little black suits and their hair was pomaded.’
    • ‘Kinky hair was pressed, permed and pomaded into bone straight submission.’
    • ‘That may explain the wealth of Dracula ballets that have roosted in American regional companies of late - those swirling tapes, that pomaded hair, those sexy overbites!’
    • ‘Wigs, initially full-bottomed but neater as the 18th century wore on, were worn by officers, and soldiers had their hair pomaded, powdered, and drawn together at the back in a ‘club’ or queue.’
    • ‘Decked out in full make-up, pomaded hair, and impossibly high stack heels, he impudently swaggers through the film in ‘come ravish me’ midriff-baring outfits.’
    • ‘Wars of peoples could admit of none of the old limited, bargained conclusions of pomaded dynasts.’
    • ‘With his pomaded porcupine haircut and a nasality superimposed on his powerful voice, Neeson makes Kinsey the ultimate village atheist, a person who believes that everything can be explained in natural, rational terms.’
    • ‘Your barnet was pomaded and with the flick of a comb, your parting stayed in place - even if it did give your scalp a covering which would have stopped bullets in the trenches.’
    • ‘They tolerate my speeches, they tolerate my poems, my streaks, my rants, my shirts, colors, white teeth, my obsession to keep my teeth white, keep my breath fresh, to keep my muscles toned, my faded jeans and my pomaded hair.’
    • ‘Tattooed, pomaded rockabilly icon Mike Ness returns with Social D. Who doesn't like this band?’
    • ‘Her boyfriend was the perfect accessory, however - a rocker type: pomaded hair, white t-shirt, blue jeans, tats up and down his left sleeve.’
    • ‘Rodriguez was good-looking with dark hair that was pomaded back and tinged with gray around the temples.’


Mid 16th century: from French pommade, based on Latin pomum ‘apple’ (from which it was originally made).