Synonyms of head in English:

head


See definition of head

noun

1‘she was hurt when her head hit the ground’

SYNONYMS

skull, cranium, crown

informal nut, noodle, noddle, nob, noggin, dome

British informal bonce, napper

Northern English Scottish informal poll

informal, dated bean, conk

archaic pate, Costard, crumpet

2‘this new job meant he had to use his head’

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brain, brains, brainpower, intellect, intelligence, intellectual capacity, mental capacity, powers of reasoning

wit, wits, wisdom, mind, sense, reasoning, rationality, mentality, understanding, common sense

informal nous, grey matter, savvy, brainbox, brain cells, upper storey

British informal loaf

North American informal smarts

South African informal kop

3‘she had a good head for business’

SYNONYMS

aptitude, faculty, flair, talent, gift, capacity, ability, knack, bent

mind, brain

4‘the head of the Dutch Catholic Church’

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leader, chief, boss, controller, master, supervisor, governor, superintendent, foreman, forewoman, headman

commander, commanding officer, captain

director, managing director, chief executive, manager

principal, head teacher, headmaster, headmistress

president, premier, prime minister, ruler

chair, chairman, chairwoman, chairperson

North American chief executive officer, CEO

informal boss man, kingpin, top dog, big cheese, bigwig, Mr Big, skipper

British informal gaffer, guv'nor

North American informal numero uno, head honcho, padrone, sachem, big white chief, big kahuna, big wheel, high muckamuck

ANTONYMS

subordinate

5‘at the head of the queue’

SYNONYMS

front, beginning, start, fore, forefront, top, leading position, foremost position

ANTONYMS

back, bottom

6‘the head of the River Thames’

SYNONYMS

source, origin, well head, headspring, headwater, headwaters

South African eye

literary wellspring, fount, fountain

ANTONYMS

mouth

7‘beer with a creamy head’

SYNONYMS

froth, foam, bubbles, spume, mousse, fizz, effervescence, lather, suds

8‘they were cleaning out the heads’

See toilet

adjective

1‘the head waiter’

SYNONYMS

chief, principal, leading, main, first, front, prime, premier, foremost, top, topmost, highest, supreme, pre-eminent, high-ranking, top-ranking, most important

North American ranking

informal top-notch

ANTONYMS

subordinate


verb

1‘the St George's Day procession was headed by the mayor’

SYNONYMS

be at the front of, lead, be the leader of, be at the head of

be first, go first, lead the way

ANTONYMS

be at the back of, bring up the rear of

2‘an organizational unit headed by a line manager’

SYNONYMS

be in charge of, be at the head of, be in command of, command, be in control of, control, lead, be the leader of, run, manage, direct, administer, supervise, superintend, oversee, preside over, rule, govern, captain, be the boss of, be at the helm of

ANTONYMS

be subordinate

3‘he was heading for the exit’

SYNONYMS

move towards, go towards, make for, aim for, make one's way towards, go in the direction of, direct one's steps towards, be bound for, steer for, make a beeline for

set out in the direction of, set out for, start out for

ANTONYMS

move away from


Phrases

    at the head of

      ‘his years at the head of the company’

      SYNONYMS

      in charge of, in control of, in command of, at the top of, at the helm of, at the controls of, as leader of, in the driving seat of, at the wheel of, responsible for, accountable for, liable for

      managing, running, administering, directing, supervising, overseeing, controlling, commanding, leading, heading up, looking after, taking care of

    be head and shoulders above

      ‘he was always head and shoulders above the rest but he was very modest’

      SYNONYMS

      outclass, surpass, be superior to, be better than, outshine, overshadow, eclipse, dwarf, put in the shade, upstage, transcend

      top, cap, trump, trounce, beat, defeat, better, put to shame, exceed, leave behind, outrank

      be a cut above, run rings round, leave standing, walk away from

      archaic

      outrival, outvie

    come to a head

      ‘the violence came to a head with the deaths of six youths’

      SYNONYMS

      reach a crisis, come to a climax, reach a critical point, reach a turning point, reach a crossroads

      informal

      come to the crunch

    go to someone's head

      1‘the wine has gone to my head’

      SYNONYMS

      intoxicate, inebriate, befuddle, make someone intoxicated, make someone drunk, make someone dizzy, make someone's head spin

      informal

      make someone woozy

      2‘her victory went to her head’

      SYNONYMS

      make someone conceited, make someone arrogant, turn someone's head, make someone full of themselves, puff someone up

    keep one's head

      ‘he takes chances but keeps his head’

      SYNONYMS

      keep calm, stay calm, keep cool, stay cool, remain unruffled, keep control of oneself, keep one's self-control, maintain one's equilibrium, maintain one's composure

      informal

      keep one's cool, keep one's shirt on

      ANTONYMS

      lose control of oneself

    lose one's head

      ‘I lost my head and started a big fuss’

      SYNONYMS

      lose control of oneself, lose one's composure, lose one's self-control, lose one's equilibrium, lose control of the situation, go to pieces, fall to pieces

      panic, go mad, get flustered, get confused, get angry, get excited, get hysterical

      informal

      lose one's cool, freak out, crack up

      British informal

      go into a spin, go into a flat spin, throw a wobbly

      ANTONYMS

      keep control of oneself

    head someone/something off

      1‘he ran up the road to head off approaching cars’

      SYNONYMS

      intercept, divert, deflect, redirect, reroute, turn aside, draw away, turn away, cut off

      2‘they headed off a row by ordering further study of both plans’

      SYNONYMS

      forestall, avert, ward off, fend off, stave off, hold off, nip in the bud, keep at bay

      prevent, avoid, stop, check, thwart

      ANTONYMS

      precipitate

    head something up