Definition of petrolhead in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈpɛtr(ə)lhɛd/


British informal
A car fanatic.
Example sentences
  • If ever there was a device that so perfectly excites the petrolhead to the complete astonishment of lentil-lovers, it's the sports exhaust.
  • Nowadays, the sport does not attract such attention but has lost none of its allure for petrolheads of all ages because rallycross is a unique spectacle that combines the best of the rallying and circuit-racing worlds.
  • To most of the 80,000 petrolheads who will fill the stands at the Kent circuit, A1 is another reason to spend Sunday afternoons watching cars whizzing round in circles.


1980s (originally Australian): from petrol + -head2.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: petrol|head

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.