Loggerhead
Loggerhead Log"ger*head`, n. [Log + head.] 1. A blockhead; a dunce; a numskull. --Shak. Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. A spherical mass of iron, with a long handle, used to heat tar. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) 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. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) A very large marine turtle ({Thalassochelys caretta} syn. {Thalassochelys caouana}), common in the warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean, from Brazil to Cape Cod; -- called also {logger-headed turtle}. [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) An American shrike ({Lanius Ludovicianus}), similar to the butcher bird, but smaller. See {Shrike}. [1913 Webster]

{To be at loggerheads}, {To fall to loggerheads}, or {To go to loggerheads}, to quarrel; to be at strife. --L' Estrange. [1913 Webster]


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  • Loggerhead — may refer to:* Loggerhead Sea Turtle, the most common sea turtle to nest in the United States * Loggerhead Shrike, a passerine bird, the only member of the shrike family endemic to North America * USS Loggerhead (SS 374), a Balao class submarine …   Wikipedia

  • loggerhead — [lôg′ər hed΄, läg′ər hed΄] n. [dial. logger, heavy block of wood (< LOG1) + HEAD] 1. a long handled tool with a ball, or bulb, at the end, used when heated to melt tar, heat liquids, etc. 2. any of a genus (Caretta, family Cheloniidae) of sea… …   English World dictionary

  • loggerhead — 1580s, stupid person, blockhead, perhaps from dialectal logger heavy block of wood + head (n.). Later it meant a thick headed iron tool (1680s), a type of cannon shot, a type of turtle (1650s). Loggerheads fighting, fisticuffs is from 1670s, but… …   Etymology dictionary

  • loggerhead — [16] Loggerhead originally meant much the same as blockhead – a stupid person with a block of wood for a head (in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (1588), Berowne calls Costard a ‘whoreson loggerhead’). The first part of it probably represents… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • loggerhead — [16] Loggerhead originally meant much the same as blockhead – a stupid person with a block of wood for a head (in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (1588), Berowne calls Costard a ‘whoreson loggerhead’). The first part of it probably represents… …   Word origins

  • loggerhead — loggerheaded, adj. /law geuhr hed , log euhr /, n. 1. a thick headed or stupid person; blockhead. 2. See loggerhead turtle. 3. See loggerhead shrike. 4. a ball or bulb of iron with a long handle, used, after being heated, to melt tar, heat… …   Universalium

  • loggerhead — noun 1》 (also loggerhead turtle) a large headed reddish brown turtle of warm seas. [Caretta caretta.] 2》 archaic a foolish person. Phrases at loggerheads in violent dispute or disagreement. [perh. a use of loggerhead in the 17th cent. sense long… …   English new terms dictionary

  • loggerhead — log•ger•head [[t]ˈlɔ gərˌhɛd, ˈlɒg ər [/t]] n. 1) a thick headed or stupid person; blockhead 2) ram loggerhead turtle 3) orn loggerhead shrike 4) mel a ball or bulb of iron with a long handle, used, after being heated, to melt tar, heat liquids,… …   From formal English to slang

  • loggerhead — /ˈlɒgəhɛd / (say loguhhed) noun 1. → loghead. 2. Also, loggerhead turtle. a large headed marine turtle, Caretta caretta, of all oceans. 3. Also, loggerhead shrike. a common North American butcherbird, Lanius ludovicianus, grey above, white below …   Australian English dictionary

  • loggerhead — Steamer Steam er ( [ e]r), n. 1. A vessel propelled by steam; a steamship or steamboat. [1913 Webster] 2. A steam fire engine. See under {Steam}. [1913 Webster] 3. A road locomotive for use on common roads, as in agricultural operations. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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