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 (lông′hâr′, lŏng′-)
n. Informal
1. One dedicated to the arts and especially to classical music.
2. One whose taste in the arts is considered to be overrefined.
3. A person with long hair, especially a hippie.
4. A domestic cat with a long-haired coat, such as a Persian cat.

long′hair′ adj.
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informal US a man with long hair
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(ˈlɔŋˌhɛər, ˈlɒŋ-)
1. Informal: Sometimes Disparaging. an intellectual.
2. Informal. a person devoted to the arts, esp. a lover of classical music.
3. Informal: Sometimes Disparaging. a person having long hair, esp. a hippie.
4. a domestic cat having long fur.
5. having long hair: a longhair cat.
6. Informal: Sometimes Disparaging. of or characteristic of longhairs or their tastes.
Also, long′haired`.
usage: Definitions 1, 3, and 6 are sometimes used with disparaging intent.
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Part of the amazing nascent punk scene was the fact that it was all over the map: longhairs hanging out with spiked hairs, transsexuals, artists, bell bottoms, freaks and weirdos, you name it.
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Though their mop tops may seem tame in retrospect, Hillman reminds us that the Fab Four were the original "longhairs." A reporter for the Hartford Courant postulated that it was the band's nonthreatening gender ambiguity that endeared them to timid teenage girls, just as the artfully coiffed man-boys of One Direction provide a sexually safe facsimile of masculinity today.
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His journey encapsulates many of the stereotypes of the decade's "longhairs," but there is an earnestness in the details that makes it clear White's travels were not solely about hedonism -- though he, with honesty, does not gloss over the pleasures of the era.
In a preemptive move, my father had dragged me into VIP kicking and screaming because, out in the streets, soldiers were pulling longhairs out of jeepneys and giving them buzz cuts on the spot, in those first few weeks after martial law was declared.
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