A person with very light (almost white) blond hair, "tow" being flax or hemp
fibers. Tow-headed, along with fair(-haired) and flax
en-haired, is a tradional way in the English
language to refer to blond hair or lightly-colored hair, having come from its old Germanic roots (which are quite rare).
"The tow head is an illusive creature, a minority."
tow headed is literally "flaxen haired". This meaning of tow comes from Middle Low German touw (which means "flax, hemp fiber"). This probably went back to the prehistoric Germanic base *tow-, *taw "make, prepare" (source also of English tool), in the sense "make yarn from wool; spin".
he's a real tow head
Blond; light haired - the color of tow, whatever that is
"She's awful bright for a towhead"
The inevitable blonde douche bag that is often found on overseas academic trips. Has a tendency to bite his lower lip and a habit of infecting the social mannerisms of others with his own douche-baggery (douche-baggery being a term he believes he invented himself). Smokes like a chimney and habitually quotes adult cartoons in an attempt to be funny.
Person 1: "Did you see that guy over there? He knows the word for ashtray in seven different languages!"
Person 2: "Wow, what a towhead."