1 [air-hed]
an area in enemy territory or in threatened friendly territory, seized by airborne troops for bringing in supplies and additional troops by airdrop or landing.

air1 + (beach)head Unabridged


2 [air-hed]
Slang. a scatterbrained, stupid, or simple-minded person; dolt.

probably earlier than 1975–80; air1 + head

airheaded, adjective Unabridged
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airhead1 (ˈɛəˌhɛd)
military an area secured in hostile territory, used as a base for the supply and evacuation of troops and equipment by air
[C20: modelled on beachhead]

airhead2 (ˈɛəˌhɛd)
slang a stupid or simple-minded person; idiot
[C20: from air + head]

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Word Origin & History

"empty-headed person," 1972, from air (1) + head (n.). Earlier as a term in mining (mid-19c.) and as a military term based on beachhead (1950).
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Example sentences
But opponents who dismiss her as an airhead do so at their peril.
Sometimes being an airhead is, well, someone will turn that stone over and discover how it came to be.
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