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What is a tow head?

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A tow-headed person is one with very light hair. The term is derogatory and is usually used in reference to children.

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What is a tow head?
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Just like the term "ginger" refers to someone's hair color, in this case red hair, the term "tow head" is a term that describes someone with very light blond hair. In order to be tow-headed, the person to which one is referring has hair that is almost white.

The term "tow-head" stems from the word "tow" which refers to the fiber of hemp or flax, which are very light-colored materials, and has been around since the 19th century.

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