Meaning of loggerhead in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɒɡəhɛd/

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  • 1

    (also loggerhead turtle)
    A reddish-brown turtle with a very large head, occurring chiefly in warm seas.

    Caretta caretta, family Cheloniidae

    ‘The second turtle, a loggerhead turtle, was taken in by aquarium personnel when it was still a hatchling.’
    • ‘Both the leatherback and loggerhead turtle could face extinction within 10 to 30 years if international fishing practices are not dramatically altered, he added.’
    • ‘Both the green turtle, which can weigh up to 205 kilograms, and the loggerhead turtle are now classified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.’
    • ‘The Atlantic loggerhead turtle is found in the waters off Canada's eastern coast.’
    • ‘The biggest problem is Caretta, a large loggerhead turtle.’
    • ‘I did, however, enjoy an ancient loggerhead turtle festooned with remoras and a hogfish in its distinctive night camouflage.’
    • ‘A loggerhead turtle, which has been carefully nursed back to health in a leading aquarium, yesterday took off for Spain where she may soon find romance.’
    • ‘Early in the morning Jerry and I penetrated deep into the pre-sun depths and, turning a corner at the stern, came across a loggerhead turtle.’
    • ‘This is a specialized NGO, set up in 1983, with the main task to protect the loggerhead turtle in Greece.’
    • ‘Yet Europe's largest refuge for the rare loggerhead turtle faces its gravest threat: the drunken British tourist.’
    • ‘WWF campaigners say the island is the second most important breeding ground for the loggerhead turtle.’
    • ‘A female loggerhead turtle, the size of a wardrobe, hovered round their heads looking for a place to put down.’
    • ‘From the beach, we watch a loggerhead turtle swimming calmly through the clear turquoise water.’
    • ‘Attracted by nighttime pool lights, a disoriented female loggerhead turtle finds its way into a residential swimming pool on Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida.’
    • ‘Animal tracks, such as those of this baby loggerhead turtle, are most easily seen in snow, mud, or sand.’
    • ‘Worst off of all of them is Australia's genetically distinct loggerhead turtle.’
    • ‘Fisher, a 150-pound loggerhead turtle, was released into the Atlantic Ocean in July of last year after being tagged by a satellite transmitter.’
    • ‘Here you can see the southern bald eagle and Atlantic loggerhead turtle.’
    • ‘My research focus is on the decline and potential extinction of loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean.’
    • ‘She helped protect the endangered loggerhead and green turtles.’
  • 2

    (also loggerhead shrike)
    A widespread North American shrike, having mainly grey plumage with a black eyestripe, wings, and tail.

    Lanius ludovicianus, family Laniidae

    ‘We also provided a $10,800 grant to fund the development and initial implementation of a Candidate Conservation Agreement for the Santa Catalina Island fox and the island loggerhead shrike.’
    • ‘Joshua trees are monicots, grotesquely oversized lilies, with contorted limbs and trunks armored with spikes, which are used skillfully by the loggerhead shrike to impale its prey.’
    • ‘The young also cross paths with the loggerhead shrike, a bird that impales its prey before eating.’
    • ‘The butcher-bird is today's loggerhead shrike, found only rarely anywhere in Massachusetts now.’
    • ‘While hiking, canoeing, kayaking, or eating a picnic lunch, watch for Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, loggerhead shrikes, pileated woodpeckers, Seminole bats, and spotted salamanders.’
  • 3 archaic A foolish person.

    idiot, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod


    at loggerheads
    • In violent dispute or disagreement.

      ‘councillors were at loggerheads with the government over the grant allocation’
      • ‘The two men had been at loggerheads over a long-running dispute about devolution.’
      • ‘The two countries have long been at loggerheads over their maritime boundary, a dispute that centres on the ownership of Mbana Island, in the Gulf of Guinea.’
      • ‘These North American basketball stars are at loggerheads as their teams prepare for tomorrow's Superbowl clash.’
      • ‘Should I point to any pertinent debates where different interpretations put the issue of truth at loggerheads?’
      • ‘Africa and the European Union have been at loggerheads over how to address past injustices, including slavery and colonialism.’
      • ‘At other times the two have been at loggerheads.’
      • ‘Until the dispute was resolved in his favour at Leeds High Court he had to continue sharing offices with his former colleagues, with whom he was at loggerheads.’
      • ‘The row has divided the council with environmental officers at loggerheads with the commercial services department responsible for the work.’
      • ‘How does a person, much less a society, balance these things, which are often at loggerheads with one another?’
      • ‘Mr Bradbury was frequently at loggerheads with the county council, particularly in recent years when the council limited the number of pupils.’


      Perhaps a use of loggerhead in the late 17th-century sense ‘long-handled iron instrument for heating liquids and tar’ (when wielded as a weapon).


Late 16th century (in loggerhead (sense 3)): from dialect logger ‘block of wood for hobbling a horse’ + head.