Where does the term "toe head" come from?

Everyone calls my daughter a toe head. I know what it means, but where does the term come from? What does having white hair have to do with toes?

11 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    It's 'tow head' - 'tow' being derived from an older German word for flax or straw. Essentially it means having hair the color of straw (light yellow).

  • 3 years ago

    Toe Head

  • 1 decade ago

    It's not "toe head" but "tow head." Tow is a coarse, short hemp or flax fiber that has been prepared for spinning--and, of course, as one might well imagine, is pale yellow in color.

  • 1 decade ago

    I never heard that expression before. On Thanksgiving my husband's aunt was talking about her son who now has very dark hair. She was saying on how he was a toe head when he was younger. Of course we thought she was making up a saying but I guess not.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I don't know the answer to your question but I believe it is towhead, not toe head.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's TOW head - not toe.

    This is a US phrase and the reference to is to 'tow', which is the light-colored fiber of flax, hemp, or jute. 'Tow-headed' is having tousled blond hair. This dates back to the19th century.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's for people who have really blonde hair. it has nothing to do with toes...

  • 1 decade ago

    The expression is "towhead", not "toe head" LOL!


    A head of white-blond hair resembling tow.

    A person with such hair. "


    tow [ tō ] noun

    fibers: fibers of flax, hemp, or jute, or of a synthetic material such as rayon [ Old English tow- < Germanic]


  • Sufi
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    it's towhead.

    not based or related to the word toe.

  • 1 decade ago

    I never heard of it but I would guess it comes off the word

    "camel toe" I beleave it means intercourse. But I could be wrong.

    • .6 years agoReport

      I don't think anyone took your comment seriously. Why not remove it.

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