Definition of red-headed in US English:



  • 1attributive (of a person) having reddish-brown hair.

    ‘a red-headed man’
    • ‘‘He's a big, tall, red-headed kid and he always looks scrubbed and shiny,’ she says, ‘just like in the painting.’’
    • ‘‘This is really not cool,’ the red-headed woman whined.’
    • ‘Her mistress, the fair red-headed lady, turned to her sharply.’
    • ‘She's the one I was telling you about with the incredibly long brown hair, the one my red-headed friend likes?’
    • ‘‘Alright, Ronald,’ I said, turning to my red-headed friend.’
    • ‘We both turned towards a red-headed woman in a uniform.’
    • ‘‘Hello,’ said a beautiful red-headed hostess standing behind a hostess stand and they walked into the restaurant.’
    • ‘A red-headed girl of about 12 years old stood before her.’
    • ‘At Aimee's row, she looked for the red-headed girl.’
    • ‘He's the only red-headed person in this house, and the only one with freckles, too.’
    • ‘I looked down and met eyes with a small red-headed girl.’
    • ‘A tearful, red-headed woman, who lost her son in the explosion, stood up.’
    • ‘He's a tall, red-headed man with rather large glasses.’
    • ‘The window rolled down suddenly, revealing a small, red-headed boy.’
    • ‘‘I believe in Christ too,’ a red-headed woman chirped in.’
    • ‘I realized that the red-headed girl was in the van with me.’
    • ‘Sunburn is more likely to occur in people unused to bright sunlight, and in fair-skinned and red-headed people.’
    • ‘The short red-headed girl threw her arms around Saffron.’
    • ‘As you can probably see in my photographs, I definitely don't have blonde hair, I was red-headed.’
    • ‘Addison opens the door to see a tall red-headed girl with a blue plaid dress on and her hair up.’
    1. 1.1 Used in names of birds, insects, and other animals with red heads, e.g. red-headed woodpecker.
      • ‘The soldierly looking red-headed woodpeckers, in their striking black, red, and white uniform, were much in evidence.’
      • ‘Chickadees, tufted titmice, blue jays, cardinals, sparrows, juncos and red-headed woodpeckers all come to feast on the scrumptious mixture of seeds, nuts and cracked corn I put out for them.’
      • ‘Wouldn't it be worth it just to go to see tons and tons of pileated woodpeckers, sapsuckers, red-headed woodpeckers?’
      • ‘We went driving in the country on Sunday afternoons to look for some of the birds that were special to us: bluebirds, goldfinches, pileated and red-headed woodpeckers, and, most thrilling of all, painted buntings.’



/ˈˌrɛd ˈhɛdəd//ˈˌred ˈhedəd/