General English

  • adjective covered with hairs
  • adjective frightening and dangerous


  • noun a bearded, long-haired person and, by extension, a beatnik, ‘bohemian’ or intellectual. A disparaging term typically used by middle-class speakers in the mid-1960s.
  • noun a female. The term is almost invariably pejorative and often refers to an unattractive or troublesome young woman. It is said to derive from the fact that the poorer female inhabitants of Glasgow in the 1930s and 1940s could not afford hats (then de rigueur for respectable women), thereby exposing their hair to onlookers.