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Various varieties[edit]


Etymology 1[edit]

From Center English hed, heed, heved, heaved, from Previous English hēafod (head; high; supply, origin; chief, chief; capital), from Proto-Germanic *haubudą (head), from Proto-Indo-European *káput-.


head (countable and uncountable, plural heads)

  1. (countable) The a part of the physique of an animal or human which comprises the mind, mouth, and fundamental sense organs.

    Watch out whenever you pet that canine on the head; it might chunk.

    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, in Mr. Pratt’s Sufferers:

      Afore we received to the shanty Colonel Applegate caught his head out of the door. His mood had been getting raggeder on a regular basis, and the sousing he received when he fell overboard had nearly ripped what was left of it to ravellings.

    1. (folks) To do with heads.
      1. Psychological or emotional aptitude or talent.

        The corporate is in search of folks with good heads for enterprise.

        He has no head for heights.

        It is all about having a very good head in your shoulders.

      2. (figuratively, metonymically) Thoughts; one’s personal ideas.

        This tune retains going via my head.

        • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 1, in Demise on the Centre Courtroom:

          “Anthea hasn’t a notion in her head however to vamp numerous foolish mugwumps. She’s set her coronary heart on that tennis bloke [] whom the papers are making such a fuss about.”

      3. A headache; particularly one ensuing from intoxication.
        • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘Thrown Away’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio Society 2005 version, web page 18,
          he took them severely, too, simply as severely as he took the ‘head’ that adopted after drink.
        • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:

          “Mornin’, Tom,” he mentioned in a husky voice. Then because the spouse left the room: “Bought a drop of Scotch about? I’ve a head on me this morning.”

      4. A headdress; a overlaying for the top.

        a laced head;   a head of hair

      5. (figuratively, metonymically) A person particular person.

        Admission is three {dollars} a head.

        • 1749, Henry Fielding, chapter VII, in The Historical past of Tom Jones, a Foundling, quantity (please specify |quantity=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar [], OCLC 928184292, guide VIII, pages 196–197:

          [] however right here we’re obliged to diſcloſe ſome Maxims, which Publicans maintain to be the grand Myſteries of their Commerce. [] And, laſtly, if any of their Gueſts name however for little, to make them pay a double Value for each Factor they’ve ; ſo that the Quantity by the Head could also be a lot the ſame.

    2. (animals) To do with heads.
      1. (uncountable, measure phrase for livestock and sport) A single animal.

        200 head of cattle and 50 head of horses

        12 head of huge cattle and 14 head of branded calves

        at 5 years of age this head of cattle is value maybe $40

        a discount within the evaluation per head of sheep

        they shot 20 head of quail

      2. The inhabitants of sport.

        we have now a heavy head of deer this 12 months

        planting the hedges elevated the head of quail and doves

      3. The antlers of a deer.
  2. (countable) The topmost, foremost, or main half.

    What does it say on the head of the web page?

    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 10, in Mr. Pratt’s Sufferers:

      Males that I knew round Wapatomac did not put on excessive, shiny plug hats, nor yeller spring overcoats, nor carry canes with ivory heads as massive as a catboat’s anchor, as you would possibly say.

    1. The top of a desk.
      1. The top of an oblong desk furthest from the doorway; historically thought of a seat of honor.

        Throughout conferences, the supervisor normally sits on the head of the desk.

      2. (billiards) The top of a pool desk reverse the tip the place the balls have been racked.
    2. (countable) The principal operative a part of a machine or software.
      1. The top of a hammer, axe, golf membership, or related implement used for placing different objects.
      2. The top of a nail, screw, bolt, or related fastener which is reverse the purpose; normally blunt and comparatively extensive.

        Hit the nail on the head!

      3. The sharp finish of an arrow, spear, or pointer.

        The head of the compass needle is pointing due north.

      4. (lacrosse) The highest a part of a lacrosse stick that holds the ball.
      5. (music) A drum head, the membrane which is hit to supply sound.

        Faucet the head of the drum for this roll.

      6. A machine component which reads or writes electromagnetic indicators to or from a storage medium.

        The heads of your tape participant should be cleaned.

      7. (computing) The a part of a disk drive accountable for studying and writing knowledge.
      8. (automotive) The cylinder head, a platform above the cylinders in an inside combustion engine, containing the valves and spark plugs.
    3. The froth that varieties on high of beer or different carbonated drinks.

      Pour me a recent beer; this one has no head.

    4. (engineering) The top cap of a cylindrically-shaped stress vessel.
    5. (Britain, geology) Deposits close to the highest of a geological succession.
    6. (drugs) The top of an abscess the place pus collects.
    7. (music) The headstock of a guitar.
    8. (nautical) A number one part.
      1. The highest fringe of a sail.
      2. The bow of a vessel.
    9. (Britain) A headland.
  3. (social, countable, metonymically) A frontrunner or knowledgeable.
    1. The place of honour, or of command; a very powerful or foremost place; the entrance.
      • 1708, Joseph Addison, The current state of the conflict, and the need of an augmentation, contemplate’d[2], web page 33:

        We noticed the final Marketing campaign that an Military of Fourscore Thousand of the very best Troops in Europe, with the Duke of Marlborough on the Head of them, cou’d do nothing towards an Enemy that have been too quite a few to be assaulted of their Camps, or assault’d of their Sturdy Holds.

    2. (metonymically) Chief; chief; mastermind.

      I would like to talk to the head of the division.

      Police arrested the head of the gang in a raid final night time.

      • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, in Mr. Pratt’s Sufferers:

        “I do not know the way you and the ‘head,’ as you name him, will get on, however I do know that should you name my duds a ‘livery’ once more there will be hassle. It is unhealthy sufficient to go round togged out like a life saver on a drill day, however I can stand that ‘trigger I am paid for it. What I will not stand is to have them togs referred to as a livery. []

    3. (metonymically) A headmaster or headmistress.

      I used to be referred to as into the head’s workplace to debate my behaviour.

    4. (music, slang, figuratively, metonymically) An individual with an intensive data of hip hop.

      Solely true heads know this.

  4. A major or vital half.
    1. A starting or finish, a protuberance.
      1. The supply of a river; the tip of a lake the place a river flows into it.

        The expedition adopted the river all the best way to the head.

      2. A clump of seeds, leaves or flowers; a capitulum.

        Give me a head of lettuce.

        • 2013 Could-June, David Van Tassel, Lee DeHaan, “Wild Crops to the Rescue”, in American Scientist, quantity 101, quantity 3:

          Plant breeding is at all times a numbers sport. [] The wild species we use are wealthy in genetic variation,  [] . As well as, we’re in search of uncommon alleles, so the extra vegetation we attempt, the higher. These rarities could also be new mutations, or they are often present ones which are impartial—or are even chosen towards—in a wild inhabitants. A superb instance is mutations that disrupt seed dispersal, leaving the seeds on the heads lengthy after they’re ripe.

        1. An ear of wheat, barley, or different small cereal.
        2. The leafy high a part of a tree.
      3. (anatomy) The rounded a part of a bone becoming right into a despair in one other bone to type a ball-and-socket joint.
      4. (nautical) The bathroom of a ship.

        I’ve received to go to the head.

      5. (within the plural) Tiles laid on the eaves of a home.
        (Can we discover and add a citation of Knight to this entry?)
    2. A part.
      1. (jazz) The principal melody or theme of a chunk.
      2. (linguistics) A morpheme that determines the class of a compound or the phrase that determines the syntactic sort of the phrase of which it’s a member.
  5. Headway; progress.

    We’re having a tough time making head towards this wind.

  6. Subject; topic.

    We’ll contemplate efficiency points underneath the head of future enhancements.

  7. (uncountable) Denouement; disaster.

    These isses are going to return to a head right now.

    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, The Life and Demise of Richard the Second, [Act V, scene i]:
      Northumberland, thou Ladder wherewithall / The mounting Bullingbrooke aſcends my Throne, / The time ſhall not be many houres of age, / Extra then it’s, ere foule ſinne, gathering head, / Shall breake into corruption []
    • 1712 October 18, nameless letter in The Spectator, edited by Joseph Addison, no. 513, collected in The Works of the Late Proper Honorable Joseph Addison, Esq, Birmingham: John Baskerville, printed 1761, quantity IV, web page 10:
      THE indiſpoſition which has lengthy hung upon me, is at laſt grown to ſuch an head, that it muſt shortly make an finish of me, or of itſelf.
  8. (fluid dynamics) Strain and power.
    1. A buildup of fluid stress, typically quantified as stress head.

      Let the engine construct up a very good head of steam.

    2. The distinction in elevation between two factors in a column of fluid, and the ensuing stress of the fluid on the decrease level.
    3. Extra typically, power in a mass of fluid divided by its weight.
  9. (slang, uncountable) Fellatio or cunnilingus; oral intercourse.

    She gave nice head.

  10. (slang) The glans penis.
  11. (slang, countable) A heavy or routine person of illicit medicine.
    • 1936, Lee Duncan, Over The Wall, Dutton
      Then I noticed the extra superior narcotic addicts, who shot unbelievable doses of highly effective heroin in the principle line – the vein of their arms; the hysien customers; chloroform sniffers, who belonged to the riff-raff component of the dope chippeys, who mingled freely with others of their type; canned warmth stiffs, paragoric hounds, laudanum fiends, and final however not least, the veronal heads.
    • 1968, Fred Davis; Laura Munoz, “Heads and freaks: patterns and meanings of drug use amongst hippies”, in Journal of Well being and Social Conduct, quantity 9, quantity 2, web page 156-64:

      The time period, “head,” is, in fact, not new with hippies. It has a protracted historical past amongst drug customers typically, for whom it signified an everyday, skilled person of any unlawful drug—e.g., pot “head,” meth “head,” smack (heroin) “head.”

    • 2005, Martin Torgoff, Cannot Discover My Approach Dwelling, Simon & Schuster, web page 177,
      The hutch now seems to be like a “Turkish bathtub,” and the heads have their arms round each other, passing the pipe and snapping their fingers as they sing Smokey Robinson’s “Tracks of My Tears” into the night time.
  12. (out of date) Energy; armed pressure.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First A part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Revealed In keeping with the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, printed 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iv]:

      My lord, my lord, the French have gathered head:
    (Can we discover and add a citation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
  • (a part of the physique): caput (anatomy); pate noggin (slang), loaf (slang), nut (slang), noodle (slang)bonce (British slang)
  • (psychological aptitude or expertise): thoughts
  • (psychological or emotional management): composure, poise
  • (topmost a part of something): high
  • (chief): boss, chief, chief
  • (headmaster, headmistress): headmaster m, headmistress f, principal (US)
  • (bathroom of a ship): See Thesaurus:bathroom and Thesaurus:rest room
  • (high of a sail):
  • (foam on carbonated drinks):
  • (fellatio): blowjob, blow job, fellatio, oral intercourse
  • (finish of software used for placing):
  • (blunt finish of fastener):
  • See additionally Thesaurus:head
Utilization notes[edit]
  • To give one thing its head is to permit it to run freely. That is used for horses, and, generally, figuratively for automobiles.
Derived phrases[edit]
  • acidhead
  • addlehead
  • forward
  • airhead
  • beachhead
  • mattress head
  • beetlehead
  • behead
  • massive head, bighead
  • blackhead
  • blockhead
  • bonehead
  • bridgehead
  • bubblehead
  • bullhead
  • bullheaded
  • by a head
  • chiphead
  • chucklehead
  • clearheaded
  • cokehead
  • cool head
  • coolheaded
  • crackhead, crack head
  • crosshead
  • cylinder head
  • deadhead
  • deaths-head, dying’s-head
  • dickhead
  • dopehead
  • do somebody’s head in
  • doughhead
  • drowsihead
  • drumhead
  • dunderhead
  • egghead
  • eggheaded
  • fathead
  • featherhead
  • brow
  • fountainhead
  • Garelochhead
  • Garsdale Head
  • get one’s head round
  • give head
  • godhead
  • go to somebody’s head
  • exhausting head, hardhead
  • hardheaded
  • hashhead
  • have a head for
  • have one’s head learn
  • -head
  • headache
  • head and shoulders
  • headbang
  • head bang
  • headbanger
  • headboard
  • headbutt
  • headcarry
  • headcase, head case
  • headcode
  • head chilly
  • headcount
  • head down, bum up
  • headdress
  • header
  • headfirst, head-first
  • headforemost
  • headframe
  • headgear
  • headhunt
  • headhunter
  • headily
  • headiness
  • heading
  • headlamp
  • headland
  • headless
  • headlight
  • headline
  • headliner
  • headlock
  • headlong
  • headly
  • headmaster
  • headmistress
  • head over heels
  • headphone
  • headpiece
  • headpin
  • headquarter
  • headquarters
  • head rag
  • headrest
  • headroom
  • heads
  • headband
  • head-scratching
  • headset
  • headshrinker
  • headshunt
  • Heads of Ayr
  • Heads of the Valleys Highway
  • headstall
  • headstand
  • head begin, headstart
  • headstock
  • gravestone
  • headstrong
  • heads up
  • heads will roll
  • headteacher
  • face to face
  • head to wind
  • head journey
  • head up
  • headward
  • headway
  • headwear
  • headwind
  • heady
  • hit the top
  • maintain one’s head excessive
  • hophead
  • horsehead fiddle
  • hothead
  • hotheaded
  • in a single’s head
  • juicehead
  • maintain one’s head
  • maintain one’s head above water
  • maintain one’s head beneath the parapet
  • knucklehead
  • level-headed, levelheaded
  • lighthead
  • lightheaded
  • longhead
  • longheaded
  • lose one’s head
  • lose one’s head if it wasn’t connected
  • lowlihead
  • maidenhead
  • make head towards
  • muttonhead
  • nethead
  • notehead
  • overhead
  • pierhead
  • pigheaded
  • pillhead
  • pinhead
  • pisshead
  • pithead
  • pothead
  • print head
  • puddinghead
  • pull one’s head in
  • put a gun to somebody’s head
  • puzzlehead
  • puzzleheaded
  • rail head, railhead
  • redhead
  • redheaded
  • Ribblehead
  • roundhead
  • screw head, screwhead
  • shake one’s head
  • showerhead
  • skinhead
  • sleepyhead, sleepy head
  • smackhead
  • snap somebody’s head off
  • softhead
  • softheaded
  • Spithead
  • spreadhead
  • strawhead
  • subhead
  • subheading
  • suedehead
  • thickhead
  • thickheaded
  • towhead
  • turk’s head
  • flip heads
  • flip somebody’s head
  • Wearhead
  • weedhead
  • wirehead
  • wronghead
  • wrongheaded
  • you possibly can’t put an previous head on younger shoulders



See head/translations § Noun.


head (not comparable)

  1. Of, regarding, or supposed for the top.


head (third-person singular easy current heads, current participle heading, easy previous and previous participle headed)

  1. (transitive) To be answerable for. (See additionally head up.)

    Who heads the board of trustees?

    to head a military, an expedition, or a riot

  2. (transitive) To come back originally of; to begin.
    • 2018, James Lambert, “Setting the Document Straight: An In-depth Examination of Hobson-Jobson”, in Worldwide Journal of Lexicography, quantity 31, quantity 4, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/ijl/ecy010, web page 491:

      The citations are set in smaller font, begin on a brand new indented line and are headed with a date.

    A gaggle of clowns headed the procession.
    A very powerful objects headed the checklist.
  3. (transitive) To strike with the top; as in soccer, to go the ball
  4. (intransitive) To maneuver in a specified route.

    We’re going to head up North for our vacation.

    Subsequent vacation we’ll head out West, or head to Chicago.

    Proper now I must head into city to do some procuring.

    I am fed up working for a boss. I’ll head out by myself, arrange my very own enterprise.

    The place does the practice head?

  5. (fishing) To take away the top from a fish.

    The salmon are first headed after which scaled.

  6. (intransitive) To originate; to spring; to have its course, as a river.
    • 1775, James Adair, The Historical past of the American Indians
      A broad river, that heads within the nice Blue Ridge.
    • 1934, Henry G. Lamond, An Aviary on the Plains, Sydney: Angus and Robertson, web page 156:

      The Templeton heads within the Cloncurry ranges[.]

  7. (intransitive) To type a head.

    This sort of cabbage heads early.

    • 1995, Anne Raver, “Gandhi Gardening”, in Deep within the Inexperienced: An Exploration of Nation Pleasures, New York, N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf, →ISBN:

      To be sincere, this hasn’t been my Backyard of Eden 12 months. [] The lettuce turned bitter and bolted. The Inexperienced Comet broccoli was good, however my coveted Romanescos by no means headed up.

  8. (transitive) To type a head to; to suit or furnish with a head.

    to head a nail

    (Can we discover and add a citation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)
  9. (transitive) To chop off the highest of; to lop off.

    to head timber

  10. (transitive, out of date) To behead; to decapitate.
    • 1822, Allan Cunningham, “Ezra Peden”, in Conventional Tales of the English and Scottish Peasantry, v. 1, p. 37.
      I inform thee, man of God, the uncharitableness of the sect to which thou pertainest has thronged the land of punishment as a lot as those that headed, and hanged, and stabbed, and shot, and tortured.
    (Can we discover and add a citation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  11. To go in entrance of.

    to head a drove of cattle

    to head an individual

  12. To get within the entrance of, in order to hinder or cease; to oppose.

    The wind headed the ship and made progress tough.

  13. (by extension) To test or restrain.
  14. To set on the top.

    to head a cask

Derived phrases[edit]
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Associated phrases[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Center English hed, heved, heaved, hæfedd, from Previous English hēafod- (principal, fundamental, major), from Proto-Germanic *haubuda-, *haubida-, from Proto-Indo-European *kauput-, *káput- (head). Evaluate Saterland Frisian hööft-, West Frisian haad-, Dutch hoofd-, German Low German höövd-, German haupt-.


head (not comparable)

  1. Foremost in rank or significance.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, in The Mirror and the Lamp:

      On the far finish of the homes the head gardener stood ready for his mistress, and he gave her strips of bass to tie up her nosegay. This she did slowly and laboriously, with knuckly previous fingers that shook.

    the head prepare dinner

  2. Positioned on the high or the entrance.
  3. Coming from in entrance.

    head sea

    head wind

  • (coming from in entrance): tail





  1. inflection of hea:
    1. partitive singular
    2. plural

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