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  • IPA(key): /ˈmʌlɪt/, /ˈmʌlət/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌlɪt
  • Rhymes: -ʌlət

Etymology 1[edit]

Mullet catch
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Wikispecies From Middle English molet, mulett, from Old French mulet (now ‘grey mullet’), from Latin mullus (red mullet), from Ancient Greek μύλλος (múllos).


mullet (plural mullets or mullet)

  1. A fish of the family Mullidae (order Syngnathiformes), especially the genus Mullus (the red mullets or goatfish).
  2. (especially US) A fish of the family Mugilidae (order Mugiliformes) (the grey mullets).
  3. (US) Any of several species of freshwater fish in the sucker family (especially in the genus Moxostoma, the redhorses)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Also termed a mullethead, possibly derived from the fish (see Etymology 1) or from mull (meaning to stupefy) though neither is certain.[1]


mullet (plural mullets)

  1. A fool.

Etymology 3[edit]

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David Bowie with a mullet hairstyle.
Man with a long mullet hairstyle.

1994 US. Coined and popularized by hip hop group the Beastie Boys in their song "Mullet Head".


mullet (plural mullets)

  1. A hairstyle where the hair is kept short on the top and sides and long at the back.
    • 1994, Beastie Boys "Mullet Head"
      Mullet head, don't touch the back
      – Cut the sides, don't touch the back
    • 2008, Danielle Corsetto, Girls With Slingshots 406
      – Maybe it's a curly fro.
      – Maybe every day is bad hair day!
      – Maybe it's a mullet!
  2. (slang) A person who mindlessly follows a fad, a trend, or a leader.
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Etymology 4[edit]

From Middle English molet, from Old French molette (rowel).


mullet (plural mullets)

  1. (heraldry) A star with straight edges and usually with five or six points.
    • 1871, Debrett's illustrated baronetage and knightage (and companionage) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, page 215:
      Grogan, Creation of 1859, or Moyvore, Westmeath. [...] Arms,—Barry of sex or and sable, on a chief engrailed azure a lion passant of the first. Crest,—A lion's head erased sable, charged with a mullet or.
  2. The rowel of a spur.
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Unadapted borrowing from English mullet.


mullet m (plural mullets)

  1. mullet (men’s hairstyle that is long in the back and short in the front)