Tar-heel definition

tärhēl
A native or resident of the American state of North Carolina.

I'm a Tar Heel born / I'm a Tar Heel bred / And when I die / I'm a Tar Heel dead.

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A native or resident of North Carolina.
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A player on a sports team representing the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Jordan is one of many Tar Heel basketball standouts.

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A student or alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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A fan of the University of North Carolina athletic teams.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tar-heel
Plural:
tar-heels

Origin of tar-heel

  • Perhaps from the tar that was once a major product of the state

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition