See also: Heed

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English hēden, from Old English hēdan (to heed, take care, observe, attend, guard, take charge, take possession, receive), from Proto-West Germanic *hōdijan (to heed, guard), from Proto-Indo-European *kadʰ- (to heed, protect). Cognate with West Frisian hoedje (to heed), Dutch hoeden (to heed), German hüten (to heed).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

heed (uncountable)

  1. Careful attention.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      Then for a few minutes I did not pay much heed to what was said, being terribly straitened for room, and cramped with pain from lying so long in one place.

Usage notesEdit

  • Often used with give, pay or take.

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VerbEdit

heed (third-person singular simple present heeds, present participle heeding, simple past and past participle heeded)

  1. (obsolete) To guard, protect.
  2. (transitive) To mind; to regard with care; to take notice of; to attend to; to observe.
    • 1567, John Dryden translating Ovid, Metamorphoses Book 1
      With pleasure Argus the musician heeds.
    • 1913, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Poison Belt[1]:
      "It comes back to me that I wanted to say something to the driver and that I couldn't make him heed me."
    • 2013 September 23, Masha Gessen, "Life in a Russian Prison," New York Times (retrieved 24 September 2013):
      Tolokonnikova not only tried to adjust to life in the penal colony but she even tried to heed the criticism levied at her by colony representatives during a parole hearing.
    • 2020 July 29, David Clough, “AC/DC: the big switch in power supply”, in Rail, page 65:
      Barker's proposal to try out new equipment before mass introduction should also have been heeded, because traction components bought without trialling for the Glasgow and Great Eastern schemes gave trouble.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To pay attention, care.

TranslationsEdit

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Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English hēafod, from Proto-Germanic *haubudą (head).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /hɛːd/, /ˈhɛvəd/, /ˈhɛːvəd/, /hɛvd/, /hɛːvd/

NounEdit

heed (plural heedes)

  1. The head (top portion of a human or animal):
    • c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.)‎[2], published c. 1410, Apocalips 1:14, page 117v; republished as Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, Lichfield: Bill Endres, 2010:
      ⁊ þe heed of him ⁊ his heeris weren whiyt as whiyt wolle .· ⁊ as ſnow / ⁊ þe iȝen of him as flawme of fier .·
      And his head and his hairs were white, like white wool or snow, and his eyes were like fire's flame.
    1. A headrest; a place for the head.
    2. A head-covering; headwear or hair.
    3. The head as the origin of thought; intellect or one's brain.
    4. The horns or antlers of a cervid.
  2. A principal thing or person:
    1. A boss, leader, or executive.
    2. A capital city.
  3. A start or origin:
    1. The top of a waterbody or geographical feature.
    2. One of the lengthwise ends of a geographical feature.
    3. The source of a river; the headwater.
    4. The uppermost point of something; the top.
    5. The outermost extremity of something.
  4. The useful end of a tool.
  5. A rounded bump or boil.
  6. One's ability to survive.
  7. Lack of consideration; impetuousness, rashness.
  8. (by extension) An individual; someone or somebody
  9. (rare) A military force or troop.
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AdjectiveEdit

heed

  1. head

DescendantsEdit

  • English: head
  • Scots: heid
  • Yola: haade, heade

ReferencesEdit

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

heed (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of hed (heed)

Etymology 3Edit

VerbEdit

heed

  1. Alternative form of hadde: simple past/past participle of haven (to have)