comb Definition

  • 1a strip of plastic, metal, or wood with a row of narrow teeth, used for untangling or arranging the hair
  • 2a honeycomb
  • 3a fleshy growth on the head of a rooster, turkey, or other bird

Using comb: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "comb" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She combed her hair before going out.

  • Example

    The honeycomb was filled with sweet honey.

  • Example

    The rooster had a bright red comb on its head.

comb Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for comb

Phrases with comb

  • fine-tooth comb

    a methodical and thorough search or analysis


    The detectives went through the evidence with a fine-tooth comb.

  • a hairstyle in which a person combs their hair over a bald spot to cover it up


    He tried to hide his baldness with a comb over.

  • to search through something carefully


    She combed through the documents looking for evidence.

Origins of comb

from Old English 'camb', related to Dutch 'kam' and German 'Kamm'


Summary: comb in Brief

A 'comb' [koʊm] is a tool used to untangle or arrange hair, made of plastic, metal, or wood with narrow teeth. It can also refer to a honeycomb or the fleshy growth on a bird's head. Phrases include 'fine-tooth comb,' meaning a thorough search, 'comb over,' a hairstyle to cover baldness, and 'comb through,' to search carefully.

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