flaxen

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj flaxen of hair color; pale yellowish to yellowish brown "flaxen locks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Flaxen Made of flax; resembling flax or its fibers; of the color of flax; of a light soft straw color; fair and flowing, like flax or tow; as, flaxen thread; flaxen hair.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flaxen Of flax; made of flax: as, flaxen thread.
    • flaxen Resembling flax in color, as hair; fair and flowing like flax.
    • flaxen Pertaining to flax.
    • flaxen To beat or thrash.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Flaxen made of or resembling flax: fair, long, and flowing
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fleax; Ger. flachs.

Usage

In literature:

She looked quite nautical in a suit of white duck and a yachting cap pinned to her flaxen hair.
"Isle o' Dreams" by Frederick F. Moore
They wore wigs of long flaxen hair, and often fell into the pose of the celebrated picture, to the delight of all who saw them.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
Never shall I forget the remark by a little nine-year-old white boy, with blue eyes and flaxen hair.
"The Future of the American Negro" by Booker T. Washington
One flaxen-haired miss consented to ride before me after my solemnly assuring her that horseback travel would not make her dollie sick.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
He has a pleasant face and a dimpled chin, and flaxen hair.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
By it the Fraeulein Muller, flaxen-haired, plump, and blue-eyed, sat knitting, and Larry's eyes grew a trifle wistful when he glanced at her.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
Any one could have walked along the aisle without catching even a glimpse of her flaxen hair.
"That Girl Montana" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Let them now get a piece of white flaxen cloth, and bind it and this token to a staff.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
Her hair, which was very plentiful, was light in colour, but by no means flaxen.
"Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite" by Anthony Trollope
His long flaxen hair waved over a brow as white as hers was dark, and his eyes were a light clear blue.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
His flaxen wig heightened the tone of a complexion much ravaged by gout and its antidotes.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
This person was tall and thin and bony, with a weakly amiable face fringed with flaxen hair, and timid eyes that blinked under pink eyelids.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
She went close to the girl, very tall and slim and bright beside the dumpy, flaxen Hilma.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
Alb's "curl," a fair flaxen curl upon a broad white forehead, had become a jest in Thrawl Street.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
Janey, a little rosebud of a girl with dimples and flaxen curls, hung back shyly and looked at David with awed eyes.
"David Dunne" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
The Hawk stood silent also, smoothing the bangs of flaxen hair above one temple, his face knit in concentration.
"The Affair of the Brains" by Anthony Gilmore
It was a pretty wax doll, with long flaxen hair, and blue eyes that would open and shut.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
What flaxen hair she had and eyes like the sky!
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
She was flaxen-haired, pink-cheeked, and not too slender.
"Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
Do you not know that this flaxen-head is the very genius of the Goths?
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
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In poetry:

Since I, a lad with flaxen hair
First met our friend, so gray;
We both were free from thought and care,
But full of hope and play.
"Dear Friends And Neighbors" by David John Scott
A Saxon maid with flaxen hair,
And eyes of Sussex grey;
A young monk out of Normandy: –
"May is our Lady's month," he said,
"And O, my love, my May!"
"The Young Friar" by Alfred Noyes
She had blue eyes and light flaxen hair,
Her little heart was light and gay,
She said to her mother, that morning fair,
"Mother, can I go out and play?"
"Hattie House" by Julia A Moore
`See the children troop, ere they dint their beds,
And, hushing their pagan glee,
Raise dimpled hands, bow flaxen heads,
And pray at their mother's knee.
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin
Children sturdy and flaxen
Shouting in brotherly strife,
Like the land they are Saxon,
Sons of a man and his wife,--
For a man and his loves make a man and his life.
"A Saxon Song" by Victoria Sackville-West
She lifts her head, she dons her gown:
Ah! the lady is fair;
She ties the girdle on her waist,
And binds her flaxen hair,
And down she stealeth, down and down,
Down the turret stair.
"The Shepherd Lady" by Jean Ingelow