Definition of raw-head in English:

raw-head

noun

  • 1Frequently in form Raw-head. A bugbear or bogeyman, typically imagined as having a head in the form of a skull, or one whose flesh has been stripped of its skin, invoked to frighten children. Also occasionally: a skull.

  • 2In allusive or figurative use.

Origin

Mid 16th century. From raw + head. Compare Bloody Bones and later raw-flesh, raw neck.

Pronunciation

raw-head

/ˈrɔːhɛd/