tow » toe

Chiefly in:   toe-head , toe-headed

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • I looked at this darling toe headed boy, and shook my head. (Technology And Persons With Disabilities Conference Proceedings, 1999)
  • We felt like Belgium or Bolivia when they play us, as our sweet li’l toe-headed amateurs whipped the older, villainous Commie Red rats. (CNN/Sports Illustrated, Sep. 23, 1999)
  • “Do you really believe that story about the plane?” asked the toe-headed boy. (Literary Review, Spring 2003)
  • That’s because the public perception on White is that he’s a potentially another Heisman washout, a slow-footed, weak-armed guy seen as Gino Torretta with a drawl or a toe-headed Danny Wuerffel. (ESPN The Magazine, Jan. 6, 2005)
  • A toe-head with blue eyes heard the front door of the house open and ran full-speed ahead towards a man with a tie exclaiming through a wide smile, “Dad!” (Utah Foster Care Foundation, June 15, 2003)
  • I, of course, am the cute little toe-head in the front. (Planet Dan, Nov. 30, 2004)

The origin of towhead was discussed on The Maven’s Word of the Day.

(See also toe » tow.)

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