Definition of long head in English:

long head


  • 1Originally: a member of an ancient tribe of people reputed to have unusually long skulls; = macrocephalus. In later use also: a person with a dolichocephalic skull. Compare "short head". Now rare.

  • 2An aptitude for calculation or forethought; shrewdness, intelligence. Especially in "to have a long head". Now rare.

  • 3A shrewd or intelligent person. Occasionally somewhat depreciative.


Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From long + head.


long head

/ˈlɒŋ hɛd/