See also: head and Head


Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English -hed, -hede, attested from the 12th century, continuing a hypothetical Old English *-hǣdu (-hood), from Proto-Germanic *haidį̄ (state, condition), related to Proto-Germanic *haiduz (manner, character, quality, state) (cognate with German -heit, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌹𐌳𐌿𐍃 (haidus)). Originally restricted to adjectives, the suffix began to be attached to nouns as well from at least the 15th century, leading to confusion with the -hood suffix (Old English -hād), and finally to the wide replacement of -head by -hood even in adjectives.



  1. Used to create nouns indicating a state; -hood.
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Etymology 2Edit

Combining form of the noun head.



  1. (sometimes derogatory) Used to form words for people who regularly have their mind focused upon a particular subject, activity, or a specified drug or other substance, or who are addicted in some way.
    motor + ‎-head → ‎motorhead
    pot + ‎-head → ‎pothead
  2. Used to form words to describe people who are dedicated fans of something, especially music.
    jazz + ‎-head → ‎jazzhead
    metal + ‎-head → ‎metalhead
    Beatle + ‎-head → ‎Beatlehead
  3. (derogatory) Used with other words to form generic insults or epithets to indicate stupidity.
    block + ‎-head → ‎blockhead
    shit + ‎-head → ‎shithead
    geek + ‎-head → ‎geekhead
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