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[hed] /hɛd/
Edith, 1897–1981, U.S. costume designer. Unabridged
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the upper or front part of the body in vertebrates, including man, that contains and protects the brain, eyes, mouth, and nose and ears when present related adjective cephalic
the corresponding part of an invertebrate animal
something resembling a head in form or function, such as the top of a tool
  1. the person commanding most authority within a group, organization, etc
  2. (as modifier): head buyer
  3. (in combination): headmaster
the position of leadership or command: at the head of his class
  1. the most forward part of a thing; a part that juts out; front: the head of a queue
  2. (as modifier): head point
the highest part of a thing; upper end: the head of the pass
the froth on the top of a glass of beer
aptitude, intelligence, and emotions (esp in the phrases above or over one's head, have a head for, keep one's head, lose one's head, etc): she has a good head for figures, a wise old head
(pl) head. a person or animal considered as a unit: the show was two pounds per head, six hundred head of cattle
the head considered as a measure of length or height: he's a head taller than his mother
  1. a dense inflorescence such as that of the daisy and other composite plants
  2. any other compact terminal part of a plant, such as the leaves of a cabbage or lettuce
a culmination or crisis (esp in the phrase bring or come to a head)
the pus-filled tip or central part of a pimple, boil, etc
the head considered as the part of the body on which hair grows densely: a fine head of hair
the source or origin of a river or stream
(capital when part of name) a headland or promontory, esp a high one
the obverse of a coin, usually bearing a portrait of the head or a full figure of a monarch, deity, etc Compare tail1
a main point or division of an argument, discourse, etc
(often pl) the headline at the top of a newspaper article or the heading of a section within an article
  1. the front part of a ship or boat
  2. (in sailing ships) the upper corner or edge of a sail
  3. the top of any spar or derrick
  4. any vertical timber cut to shape
  5. (often pl) a slang word for lavatory
(grammar) another word for governor (sense 7)
the taut membrane of a drum, tambourine, etc
  1. the height of the surface of liquid above a specific point, esp when considered or used as a measure of the pressure at that point: a head of four feet
  2. pressure of water, caused by height or velocity, measured in terms of a vertical column of water
  3. any pressure: a head of steam in the boiler
  1. a person who regularly takes drugs, esp LSD or cannabis
  2. (in combination): an acidhead, a pothead
(mining) a road driven into the coal face
  1. the terminal point of a route
  2. (in combination): railhead
a device on a turning or boring machine, such as a lathe, that is equipped with one or more cutting tools held to the work by this device
an electromagnet that can read, write, or erase information on a magnetic medium such as a magnetic tape, disk, or drum, used in computers, tape recorders, etc
(informal) short for headmaster, headmistress
  1. the head of a horse considered as a narrow margin in the outcome of a race (in the phrase win by a head)
  2. any narrow margin of victory (in the phrase (win) by a head)
(informal) short for headache
(curling) the stones lying in the house after all 16 have been played
(bowls) the jack and the bowls that have been played considered together as a target area
(rugby) against the head, from the opposing side's put-in to the scrum
bite someone's head off, snap someone's head off, to speak sharply and angrily to someone
(bring or come to a head)
  1. to bring or be brought to a crisis: matters came to a head
  2. (of a boil) to cause to be or be about to burst
get it into one's head, to come to believe (an idea, esp a whimsical one): he got it into his head that the earth was flat
(slang) give head, to perform fellatio
give someone his head, to allow a person greater freedom or responsibility
give a horse its head, to allow a horse to gallop by lengthening the reins
go to one's head
  1. to make one dizzy or confused, as might an alcoholic drink
  2. to make one conceited: his success has gone to his head
head and shoulders above, greatly superior to
head over heels
  1. turning a complete somersault
  2. completely; utterly (esp in the phrase head over heels in love)
hold up one's head, to be unashamed
keep one's head, to remain calm
keep one's head above water, to manage to survive a difficult experience
make head, to make progress
(used with a negative) make head or tail of, to attempt to understand (a problem, etc): he couldn't make head or tail of the case
(slang) off one's head, out of one's head, insane or delirious
off the top of one's head, without previous thought; impromptu
on one's head, on one's own head, at one's (own) risk or responsibility
(slang) one's head off, loudly or excessively: the baby cried its head off
over someone's head
  1. without a person in the obvious position being considered, esp for promotion: the graduate was promoted over the heads of several of his seniors
  2. without consulting a person in the obvious position but referring to a higher authority: in making his complaint he went straight to the director, over the head of his immediate boss
  3. beyond a person's comprehension
(informal) put their heads together, to consult together
take it into one's head, to conceive a notion, desire, or wish (to do something)
turn heads, to be so beautiful, unusual, or impressive as to attract a lot of attention
turn something on its head, stand something on its head, to treat or present something in a completely new and different way: health care which has turned orthodox medicine on its head
turn someone's head, to make someone vain, conceited, etc
(transitive) to be at the front or top of: to head the field
(transitive) often foll by up. to be in the commanding or most important position
(often foll by for) to go or cause to go (towards): where are you heading?
to turn or steer (a vessel) as specified: to head into the wind
(soccer) to propel (the ball) by striking it with the head
(transitive) to provide with or be a head or heading: to head a letter, the quotation which heads chapter 6
(transitive) to cut the top branches or shoots off (a tree or plant)
(intransitive) to form a head, as a boil or plant
(intransitive) often foll by in. (of streams, rivers, etc) to originate or rise in
(Austral) head them, to toss the coins in a game of two-up
See also head for, head off, heads
Derived Forms
headlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hēafod; related to Old Norse haufuth, Old Frisian hāved, Old Saxon hōbid, Old High German houbit


Edith. 1907–81, US dress designer: won many Oscars for her Hollywood film costume designs
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Word Origin and History for edith head



Old English heafod "top of the body," also "upper end of a slope," also "chief person, leader, ruler; capital city," from Proto-Germanic *haubudam (cf. Old Saxon hobid, Old Norse hofuð, Old Frisian haved, Middle Dutch hovet, Dutch hoofd, Old High German houbit, German Haupt, Gothic haubiþ "head"), from PIE *kaput- "head" (cf. Sanskrit kaput-, Latin caput "head").

Modern spelling is early 15c., representing what was then a long vowel (as in heat) and remained after pronunciation shifted. Of rounded tops of plants from late 14c. Meaning "origin of a river" is mid-14c. Meaning "obverse of a coin" is from 1680s; meaning "foam on a mug of beer" is first attested 1540s; meaning "toilet" is from 1748, based on location of crew toilet in the bow (or head) of a ship. Synechdochic use for "person" (as in head count) is first attested late 13c.; of cattle, etc., in this sense from 1510s. As a height measure of persons, from c.1300. Meaning "drug addict" (usually in a compound with the preferred drug as the first element) is from 1911.

To give head "perform fellatio" is from 1950s. Phrase heads will roll "people will be punished" (1930) translates Adolf Hitler. Head case "eccentric or insane person" is from 1979. Head game "mental manipulation" attested by 1972. To have (one's) head up (one's) ass is attested by 1978.


"to be at the head or in the lead," c.1200, from head (n.). Meaning "to direct the head (toward)" is from c.1600. Related: headed, heading. The earliest use of the word as a verb meant "behead" (Old English heafdian). Verbal phrase head up "supervise, direct" is attested by 1930.


"most important, principal, leading," c.1200, from head (n.). Old English heafod was used in this sense in compounds.

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edith head in Medicine

head (hěd)

  1. The uppermost or forwardmost part of the human body, containing the brain and the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and jaws.

  2. The analogous part of various vertebrate and invertebrate animals.

  3. The pus-containing tip of an abscess, a boil, or a pimple.

  4. The rounded proximal end of a long bone.

  5. The end of a muscle that is attached to the less movable part of the skeleton.

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Slang definitions & phrases for edith head



  1. A headache, esp as a component of a hangover; a BIG HEAD: You won't believe the head I had next morning (1893+)
  2. The foam on a glass of beer (1893+)
  3. A person: at twenty-five cents a head, no reserved seats/ One head that used to claim to sell stockings called (1551+)
  4. Fellatio or cunnilingus; blow job, hair pie: Some quiff is going to give you head
  5. A narcotics user, esp an addict: My trip is to reach as many heads in this country as I can, and turn them around (1911+ Narcotics)
  6. The feeling of euphoria produced by a narcotic; high, rush: I take two Tuinals and get a nice head/ much of the head, or psychic lift, that users experience (1960s+ Narcotics)
  7. A toilet or restroom: in the head, back in a sec

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