Share this entry

split end Syllabification: split end

Definition of split end in English:


1 (usually split ends) A tip of a person’s hair that has split from dryness or ill-treatment.
Example sentences
  • Going from short to long hair takes time and TLC, especially if chemical overprocessing has left you with split ends and dryness.
  • ‘Ninety percent of those with long hair will get split ends right after getting highlights,’ Varin says.
  • You only get split ends with wet hair in cold weather.
2 Football An offensive end positioned on the line of scrimmage but several yards away from the other linemen.
Example sentences
  • He was a split end and outside linebacker in a smaller school in Alabama.
  • The Jets want Coles to play the split end position he played previously with the team, so McCareins will move to flanker, where he played as a member of the Titans.
  • It's an especially positive development for Boldin, who seemed miscast most of the time last season as a split end instead of playing the slot, where he excelled as a rookie.

Definition of split end in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day doofus
Pronunciation: ˈduːfʌs
a stupid person