Definition of Loggerhead

1. Noun. A stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence.

2. Noun. Very large carnivorous sea turtle; wide-ranging in warm open seas.
Exact synonyms: Caretta Caretta, Loggerhead Turtle
Generic synonyms: Marine Turtle, Sea Turtle
Group relationships: Caretta, Genus Caretta

Definition of Loggerhead

1. n. A blockhead; a dunce; a numskull.

Definition of Loggerhead

1. Noun. a tool consisting of a rod with a bulbous end, used once made hot in a fire for the purpose of heating liquids that it is plunged into. ¹

2. Noun. (nautical) A post on a whaling boat used to secure the harpoon rope ¹

3. Noun. the loggerhead turtle ¹

4. Noun. the loggerhead shrike ¹

5. Noun. (informal) A dolt or blockhead ¹

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Definition of Loggerhead

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Medical Definition of Loggerhead

1. 1. A blockhead; a dunce; a numskull. 2. A spherical mass of iron, with a long handle, used to heat tar. 3. An upright piece of round timber, in a whaleboat, over which a turn of the line is taken when it is running out too fast. 4. A very large marine turtle (Thalassochelys caretta, or caouana), common in the warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean, from Brazil to Cape Cod; called also logger-headed turtle. 5. An American shrike (Lanius Ludovicianus), similar to the butcher bird, but smaller. See Shrike. To be at loggerheads, To fall to loggerheads, or To go to loggerheads, to quarrel; to be at strife. Origin: Log + head. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Loggerhead

logged in
logged off
logged on
loggerhead (current term)
loggerhead shrike
loggerhead turtle
logging in

Literary usage of Loggerhead

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1. Bahama Songs and Stories: A Contribution to Folk-lore by Charles Lincoln Edwards (1895)
"Now dis day B' loggerhead an' B' Dog could n't find nothing to heat. ... So B' loggerhead pitch 8 right inside ; gone right flat to bottom. ..."

2. The American Coast Pilot: Containing the Courses and Distances Between the by Edmund March Blunt (1822)
"About 2 or 3 leagues to the NW of Key Mohair, lies loggerhead Key, which may be known by the southernmost part, having many small sand hills : give that key ..."

3. Catalogue of Stars Within Two Degrees of the North Pole Deduced from by Caroline Ellen Furness (1905)
"HEART OF loggerhead TURTLE. albumen of its own egg, but when it is 41 days old it pulsates 6 to 7 hours m the albumen of its egg, which then sustains it ..."

4. Stage-Coach and Tavern Days by Alice Morse Earle (1900)
"Flip Classes, loggerhead, and Toddy Stick. " Where dozed a fire of beechen logs that bred Strange fancies in its embers golden-red, And nursed the ..."

5. Travels of Four Years and a Half in the United States of America: During by John Davis (1909)
"It is observable, that the loggerhead is known to suck the eggs of the mocking-bird and devour the young ones in the nest. Eagles were often seen on the ..."

6. Ornithological Biography by John James Audubon (1832)
"THE loggerhead SHRIKE. LANIUS LUDOVICIANUS, Linn. PLATE LVII. MALE AND FEMALE. THIS species may with great propriety be called an inhabitant of the " Low ..."

7. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1889)
"De Conch knowed dat de loggerhead could beat 'im walkin' 'so de Conch ... 'Im an' de loggerhead started off together. De first mark de loggerhead get to 'e ..."

8. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1884)
"The loggerhead Shrike again in Massachusetts.— On January 29, 1884, Mr. Eastman of this place observed two Shrikes by the roadside very near the centre of ..."

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