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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English hedeman, hede man, hæfd-man, hæfedd mann, from Old English hēafod-mann (chief; leader; headman), from Proto-Germanic *haubudamann-, *haubidamann- (headman), equivalent to head +‎ man. Cognate with Dutch hoofdman (chief; chieftain), German Hauptmann (captain), Swedish huvudman (chief; principal; leader). Compare also English headsman.

NounEdit

headman (plural headmen)

  1. Alternative spelling of head man
  2. (informal) headmaster
    The headman came and talked to me.

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