An example of to comb is searching an entire neighborhood for a lost dog.
An example of to comb is pulling a hair styling tool through a child's hair to remove lice, combing the lice out with a comb.
An example of a comb is what Danny Zuko from the movie Grease used to keep his hair looking good.
An example of comb is the red tuft growing from a rooster's head.
Combed the dresser drawers for a lost bracelet.
Combed the snarls out of his hair.
Combed through the file for the contract.
- A currycomb.
- A fine-toothed implement or machine used to clean and straighten long fibers of wool, cotton, flax, etc.
- A red, fleshy outgrowth on the top of the head, as of a rooster.
- A thing like a rooster's comb in position or appearance, as the crest of a helmet.
To comb a house for a missing book.
I need to comb my hair before we leave the house.
Police combed the field for evidence after the assault.
Origin of comb
- Middle English from Old English gembh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old English camb (“comb”), from Proto-Germanic *kambaz (“comb”) (compare Swedish/Dutch kam, German Kamm), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵómbʰos (“tooth”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵómbʰ- (“to pierce, gnaw through”) (compare Tocharian B keme, Lithuanian žam̃bas (“sharp edge”), Old Church Slavonic зѫбъ (zǫbŭ), Albanian dhëmb, Ancient Greek γομφίος (gomphíos, “backtooth, molar”), Sanskrit जम्भ (jambha)).