One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British An upright board or panel fixed at the head of a bed.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘All the rooms (each named after a flower) are prettily decorated in pastel colours, and the painted cast-iron bedheads are delightful.’
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’
- ‘He sports a permanent bedhead.’
- ‘Last week, Charlie said I had the worst case of bedhead he had ever seen.’
- ‘Y'all should have seen my terrible case of bedhead when I got up this morning.’
- ‘She wears her brunette locks in messy bedhead curls.’
- ‘She ran a straightening iron through her layered shoulder-length hair, swiftly transforming the bedhead to office chic.’
- ‘There is a wee bit of bedhead in the back of the head going on there.’
- ‘Her hair is styled in loose bedhead waves.’
- ‘A man with bedhead and cut-off khaki shorts stands nearby.’
- ‘I like to go on the weekends, when the crowd is mixed: parents with strollers, hot hipster guys, and lonely singles with bedhead.’
- ‘The best look award goes to the second guitarist, who had funky, glam-rock, bedhead and a nice shirt.’
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