The other day I met someone who was scared of getting a haircut. I was trying to think of a word to describe, but I couldn't think of anything. I couldn't find anything online either, so I decided to ask here. What is a word for the fear of getting a haircut?

  • Are you talking about an urgent haircut? A haircut on the stock market? Assassination? – Hot Licks Mar 17 '15 at 1:53

The usual protocol for naming irrational fears is to add the Greek-derived suffix -phobia to the (classical) Greek word for what is feared. Classical Greek for haircut is κουρά, so with the usual Latinization we would get curaphobia. Unfortunately that form would appear to have been applied to a fear of paperwork by Urban Dictionary and its ilk. Tonsurephobia has been suggested, and attributed to “experts”; it combines a Latin term with the Greek suffix, which some regard as barbarous. Neither word is in the OED.

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Fear of Getting a haircut is Tonsurephobia.

Tonsurephobia is the fear of getting a haircut. The word Tonsurephobia is derived from Greek words 'Tonsure' meaning ' to cut' and 'Phobos' meaning 'deep dread or aversion'.


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Smart me went to google translate to get the Greek word for haircut, which turned out to be κούρεμα (kourema).

Thus kouremaphobia.

And kourema mania should be haircut mania. Whereas, kouremaphilia would be love for haircuts.

And I further found that kouremata is various ways to cut and style your hair.

Would kourematomania be a situation where hair-styling is an obsession?

And since koureas equals barber, then the words koureasphobia, koureasphobic, koureasmania, koureasmanic, koureasphilia, koureasphilic, carry meanings respective to their suffixes.

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    Indeed κούρεμα is Modern Greek for haircut, including the kind imposed on holders of Greek bonds in recent years. But for purposes of coinage in English, tradition favors classical Ionic dialect (and not classical Attic, where the two differ, as witness thalassemia, not thalattemia, for the Mediterranean version of sickle-cell anemia). – Brian Donovan Mar 17 '15 at 14:41
  • The only ionic bond I was schooled in is between atoms or molecules. Just kiddin. – Blessed Geek Mar 18 '15 at 7:56

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