Definition of aggravator in English:


Pronunciation /ˈaɡrəveɪtə/


  • 1A person who or thing which aggravates.

  • 2 slang, historical A greased lock of hair, especially one worn over the temple or forehead. Compare "lovelock", Newgate knocker .

    Aggravators were fashionable in England during the early Victorian period.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Florio (1553–1625), author and teacher of languages. From aggravate + -or, originally after Italian gravatore.