Tow head
jodilynn
i'm not sure of the spelling but it refers to a BLONDE haired person, mostly said about children... "the towheaded child was playing"... maybe its spelled toe or toa - not sure...
it has had me stumped for over 9 years - i've asked many a people and noone knows how its spelled, where it came from, or why...just that it refers to a bright blonde head.
can you help??
AdSumADS
To "tow" is to pull along. "Tow" is rope. Rope is made of "tow," which is flax. Flax is yellow. The blonde are said to be "towheaded."
Lewis Joplin II
TOWHEAD -- "...is a person -- usually a young person -- who has very blond hair, almost flaxen or pale yellow. 'Tow' has for centuries been used as a name for flax or hemp prepared for spinning." From the "Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins" by William and Mary Morris (HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1977, 1988). And while we're on the subject of yellow hair: According to the "Associated Press Stylebook," "blond" is used as a noun for males and as an adjective for all applications. "Blonde" is the noun for a woman with blond hair.

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