Definition of headed in US English:



  • 1in combination Having a head of a specified kind.

    ‘bald-headed men’
    ‘a seven-headed dragon’
    • ‘The three-headed hound of hell could not drag me away.’
    • ‘Fantasy books are filled with stories about two-headed dragons.’
    • ‘The black-headed gulls are now in their winter plumage.’
    • ‘We found ourselves before the opened door and a big, clean-shaven bald-headed man stepped lightly into the room.’
    • ‘He works with a white headed vulture called Ethel.’
    • ‘The game wardens laid several charges against the men, including possession of 25 yellow-headed parrots and having caged birds in an undersized cage.’
    • ‘We ran into this small, dark-headed man who was packing up his gear.’
    • ‘The shiny headed guy to his right looks like he might be reading the Daily News.’
    • ‘The plesiosaurs were beginning to evolve into the familiar long-necked small-headed Plesiosauroidea.’
    • ‘The small island was alive with wildlife: sloths, tapirs, and blue-headed parrots.’
    1. 1.1 Having an intellect or personality of a specified kind.
      ‘woolly-headed thinking’
      ‘she was always cool-headed’
      • ‘Stop being so big-headed about yourself.’
      • ‘The addle-headed mule wandered over to a stream to drink and I sailed down its neck.’
      • ‘Some books, even empty-headed memoirs, cannot fail to sell.’
      • ‘People looked on that as being conceited or being big-headed.’
      • ‘He had always been a hard-headed man who was capable of holding his ground.’
      • ‘He will need to prove he is as tough as he is eloquent and as level-headed as he is inspiring.’
      • ‘She is remarkably clear-headed and very honest.’
      • ‘She says that it suits her for people to see her as an empty-headed blonde.’
      • ‘His depiction of his own family is both measured and clear-headed.’
      • ‘It is sometimes hard for a hot-headed player to keep his frustrations in check in the heat of the moment.’
  • 2in combination Having a tip, end, or top part of a specified kind.

    ‘single-headed arrows’
    ‘short flat-headed nails’
    • ‘In his hand he carried a double-headed cleaver.’
    • ‘Hover over that area and the cursor will change to a four-headed arrow.’
    • ‘The tool is made up of a holder and a double headed blade.’
    • ‘Plastic headed corkboard pins are ideal.’
    • ‘There's the usual fun with live jazz, good food, children's entertainment, and barrel after barrel of creamy-headed booze.’
    • ‘He whacked Ian's basket of bricks with the silver headed cane he always carried.’
    • ‘I went for the flat-headed screws, but it shouldn't make much difference.’
    • ‘Insulation material can be fitted inside timber framed greenhouses by using woodpins or possibly large headed tacks.’
    • ‘The soldier unleashed his dual-headed axe.’
    • ‘Tooth-brushing at least twice daily with a small headed, medium hardness brush will also help reduce decay if a fluoride toothpaste is used.’
    1. 2.1 (of certain green vegetables) having the edible leafy part at the top of the stem.
      ‘headed cabbages’
      • ‘At some time in the 1st century BC, the first headed cabbages appeared.’
      • ‘One curious survivor from the early days of headed cabbages is the enormously tall Jersey or walking stick cabbage, whose stem is as high as a man and has been recorded as reaching 5 metres.’
      • ‘The new, headed cabbage is now thought to have evolved in Northern Europe.’
      • ‘It was not until well into the Middle Ages that headed cabbages spread throughout Europe to supplement the staple ' colewort ' or kale.’
      • ‘Kale is the more primitive of the two, and was the ordinary green stuff of country people in most parts of Europe until the end of the Middle Ages, when the headed cabbages were bred.’
  • 3in combination Having a particular person in charge; having a director or leader.

    ‘female-headed households’
    • ‘Single male-headed households typically result from the death of the female spouse.’
    • ‘It's been more than eight years it was a double-headed programme.’
    • ‘"There has been a significant drop in the proportion of lone-parent headed households defined as poor since 1997 but there has been a rise amongst families headed by couples," he said.’
    • ‘As a result of war, sanctions, and men migrating to get jobs, there are enormous numbers of women - headed households.’
    • ‘The travel agency features vacation packages for gay and lesbian-headed families.’
    • ‘Both sides insist a double-headed leadership is quite possible.’
    • ‘Focus groups were selected for certain shared characteristics, such as female-headed households.’
    • ‘An increasing number of female headed households are at risk of poverty.’
    • ‘A larger proportion of single-women headed families suffered in the housing market.’
    • ‘The charity helps persons who are aged, disabled or chronically ill, from single-headed households, and others genuinely unable to assist themselves.’
  • 4(of paper) having a printed heading, typically the name and address of a person or organization.

    ‘headed notepaper’
    • ‘Headed notepaper and other stationery items will be changed as supplies run out and so there should be no additional cost to the council.’
    • ‘Letters from children receive special attention from the lady in waiting who signs the response, written on headed notepaper, on the Queen's behalf.’
    • ‘They are little sketches of people or animals that he produced on the back of invoices or on the headed notepaper of his shop, to amuse his two youngest children.’
    • ‘This contract should replicate what you have signed on the standard disclosure, except that you would expect it to be printed on the headed paper of the product provider you have chosen.’
    • ‘It is perhaps instructive to note that a copy of the signed letter was sent the same day on headed fax paper.’
    • ‘My street has recently received a headed letter from a council enforcement officer, tersely quoting the law about fly-tipping.’
    • ‘Details show that £463,000 has been spent since 2004 on headed paper, envelopes, and business cards.’
    • ‘They should be given access to resources such as headed notepaper, provision of stationery and photocopying facilities, library facilities, e-mail, and access to a telephone.’
    • ‘I have received private complaints on government-headed paper.’
    • ‘His written statement, on the headed memorandum paper of his solicitors, stated that Mr Ball had said in writing that they were no longer able to meet their liabilities.’