Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-head

The head, in various senses, often figurative.

[English head.]

One set of words indicates the front or top part of something: masthead, spearhead, warhead, pithead. Another comprises terms for people, frequently derogatory, of which a few are airhead, blockhead, chucklehead, skinhead, egghead, fathead, slaphead (a bald person), and deadhead (a boring or unenterprising person; in the US also a passenger carried free, or a member of an audience with a free ticket, or a follower of the band The Grateful Dead). A third group contains words indicating a person is addicted to some drug: crackhead, pothead, hophead (a drug addict or, in Australia and New Zealand, a heavy drinker). Some indicate a condition or quality (Godhead, maidenhead), for which the more common suffix is now -hood.

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