One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British An upright board or panel fixed at the head of a bed.
- ‘All the rooms (each named after a flower) are prettily decorated in pastel colours, and the painted cast-iron bedheads are delightful.’
- ‘I remember this big stone room that had iron beds, and there were two bedheads put together.’
- ‘The master bedroom has built in wardrobes surrounding the bedhead, two windows overlooking the front garden and an en suite bathroom.’
- ‘On the whole, it is better to use black in a more controlled way, such as behind you on a bedhead, where you are not looking at it all the time.’
- ‘As he read through the morning newspapers, propped up by the pillows and the bedhead, he would cast each completed page across the floor.’
2informal mass noun Hair with an untidy appearance, such as results from lying in bed.‘her artfully messy bedhead’as modifier ‘a trendy bedhead look’
- ‘Her hair is styled in loose bedhead waves.’
- ‘He sports a permanent bedhead.’
- ‘The best look award goes to the second guitarist, who had funky, glam-rock, bedhead and a nice shirt.’
- ‘I like to go on the weekends, when the crowd is mixed: parents with strollers, hot hipster guys, and lonely singles with bedhead.’
- ‘Last week, Charlie said I had the worst case of bedhead he had ever seen.’
- ‘She ran a straightening iron through her layered shoulder-length hair, swiftly transforming the bedhead to office chic.’
- ‘A man with bedhead and cut-off khaki shorts stands nearby.’
- ‘There is a wee bit of bedhead in the back of the head going on there.’
- ‘She wears her brunette locks in messy bedhead curls.’
- ‘Y'all should have seen my terrible case of bedhead when I got up this morning.’
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