• Of, relating to, or intended for the head.
  • Foremost in rank or importance.
  • Placed at the top or the front.
  • Coming from in front.


  • To be in command of. (See also head up.)
  • To come at the beginning of; to commence.
  • To strike with the head; as in soccer, to head the ball
  • To move in a specified direction.
  • To remove the head from a fish.
  • To originate; to spring; to have its course, as a river.
  • To form a head.
  • To form a head to; to fit or furnish with a head.
  • To cut off the top of; to lop off.
  • To behead; to decapitate.
  • To go in front of.
  • To get in the front of, so as to hinder or stop; to oppose.
  • To check or restrain.
  • To set on the head.


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  • From Middle English hed, heed, heved, heaved, from Old English hēafod ("head; top; source, origin; chief, leader; capital"), from Proto-Germanic *haubudą ("head"), from Proto-Indo-European *káput-.
  • Cognate with Scots heid, hede, hevid, heved, Old English hafola ("head"), North Frisian hood ("head"), Dutch hoofd ("head"), German Haupt ("head"), Swedish huvud ("head"), Icelandic höfuð ("head"), Latin caput ("head"), Sanskrit कपाल ("skull"), Hindi कपाल ("skull").
  • From Middle English hed, heved, heaved, hæfedd, from Old English hēafod-, from Proto-Germanic *haubuda-, *haubida-, from Proto-Indo-European *kauput-, *káput-. Compare Saterland Frisian hööft-, West Frisian haad-, Dutch hoofd-, German Low German höövd-, German haupt-.

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