Synonyms of head in English:



  • 1 she was hurt when her head hit the ground
    skull, cranium, crown
    informal nut, noodle, noddle, nob, noggin, dome
    British informal bonce, napper
    Scottish & Northern English informal poll
    informal , dated bean, conk
    archaic pate, Costard, crumpet
  • 2 this new job meant he had to use his head
    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
    aptitude, faculty, flair, talent, gift, capacity, ability, knack, bent; mind, brain
  • 4 the head of the Dutch Catholic Church
    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 Americanchief 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
    front, beginning, start, fore, forefront, top, leading position, foremost position
    [Antonyms] back bottom
  • 6 the head of the River Thames
    [Antonyms] mouth
  • 7 beer with a creamy head
  • 8 Nautical they were cleaning out the heads See toilet
  • Phrases

    at the head of

    his years at the head of the companyin charge ofin control ofin command ofat the top ofat the helm ofat the controls ofas leader ofin the driving seat ofat the wheel ofresponsible foraccountable forliable formanagingrunningadministeringdirectingsupervisingoverseeingcontrollingcommandingleadingheading uplooking aftertaking care of

    be head and shoulders above

    he was always head and shoulders above the rest but he was very modestoutclasssurpassbe superior tobe better thanoutshineovershadoweclipsedwarfput in the shadeupstagetranscendtopcaptrumptrouncebeatdefeatbetterput to shameexceedleave behindoutrank informalbe a cut aboverun rings roundleave standingwalk away from archaicoutrivaloutvie

    come to a head

    the violence came to a head with the deaths of six youthsreach a crisiscome to a climaxreach a critical pointreach a turning pointreach a crossroads informalcome to the crunch

    go to someone's head

  • 1 the wine has gone to my head
    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
    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
    [Antonyms] lose control of oneself
    keep/stay calmkeep/stay coolremain unruffledkeep control of oneselfkeep one's self-controlmaintain one's equilibriummaintain one's composure informalkeep one's coolkeep one's shirt on

    lose one's head

    I lost my head and started a big fuss
    [Antonyms] keep control of oneself
    lose control of oneselflose one's composurelose one's self-controllose one's equilibriumlose control of the situationgo to piecesfall to piecespanicgo madget flusteredget confusedget angryget excitedget hysterical informallose one's coolfreak outcrack upBritish informalgo into a (flat) spinthrow a wobbly


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  • the head waiter
    chief, principal, leading, main, first, front, prime, premier, foremost, top, topmost, highest, supreme, pre-eminent, high-ranking, top-ranking, most important; North Americanranking
    informal top-notch
    [Antonyms] subordinate
  • verb

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  • 1 the St George's Day procession was headed by the mayor
    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 he will head up the new communications division
    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
    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

    head someone/something off

  • 1 he ran up the road to head off approaching cars
    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
    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

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    cephalo- related prefix, as in cephalopod
    cephalometry measurement of the head

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