Synonyms of head in English:

head


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noun

1‘she was hurt when her head hit the ground’

SYNONYMS
skull, cranium, crown
informal nut, noodle, noddle, nob, noggin, dome
British informal bonce, napper
Scottish, Northern English informal poll
informal, dated bean, conk
archaic pate, Costard, crumpet

2‘this new job meant he had to use his head’

SYNONYMS
brain, brains, brainpower, intellect, intelligence, intellectual capacity, mental capacity, powers of reasoning
wit, wits, wisdom, mind, sense, reasoning, rationality, mentality, understanding, common sense
informal nous, grey matter, savvy, brainbox, brain cells, upper storey
British informal loaf
North American informal smarts
South African informal kop

3‘she had a good head for business’

SYNONYMS
aptitude, faculty, flair, talent, gift, capacity, ability, knack, bent
mind, brain

4‘the head of the Dutch Catholic Church’

SYNONYMS
leader, chief, boss, controller, master, supervisor, governor, superintendent, foreman, forewoman, headman
commander, commanding officer, captain
director, managing director, chief executive, manager
principal, head teacher, headmaster, headmistress
president, premier, prime minister, ruler
chair, chairman, chairwoman, chairperson
North American chief executive officer, CEO
informal boss man, kingpin, top dog, big cheese, bigwig, Mr Big, skipper
British informal gaffer, guv'nor
North American informal numero uno, head honcho, padrone, sachem, big white chief, big kahuna, big wheel, high muckamuck
ANTONYMS

subordinate

5‘at the head of the queue’

SYNONYMS
front, beginning, start, fore, forefront, top, leading position, foremost position
ANTONYMS

back, bottom

6‘the head of the River Thames’

SYNONYMS
source, origin, well head, headspring, headwater, headwaters
South African eye
literary wellspring, fount, fountain
ANTONYMS

mouth

7‘beer with a creamy head’

SYNONYMS
froth, foam, bubbles, spume, mousse, fizz, effervescence, lather, suds

adjective

1‘the head waiter’

SYNONYMS
chief, principal, leading, main, first, front, prime, premier, foremost, top, topmost, highest, supreme, pre-eminent, high-ranking, top-ranking, most important
North American ranking
informal top-notch
ANTONYMS

subordinate


verb

1‘the St George's Day procession was headed by the mayor’

SYNONYMS
be at the front of, lead, be the leader of, be at the head of
be first, go first, lead the way
ANTONYMS

be at the back of, bring up the rear of

2‘an organizational unit headed by a line manager’

SYNONYMS
be in charge of, be at the head of, be in command of, command, be in control of, control, lead, be the leader of, run, manage, direct, administer, supervise, superintend, oversee, preside over, rule, govern, captain, be the boss of, be at the helm of

3‘he was heading for the exit’

SYNONYMS
move towards, go towards, make for, aim for, make one's way towards, go in the direction of, direct one's steps towards, be bound for, steer for, make a beeline for
set out in the direction of, set out for, start out for
ANTONYMS

move away from


Phrases

    come to a head

    ‘the violence came to a head with the deaths of six youths’


    SYNONYMS

    reach a crisis, come to a climax, reach a critical point, reach a turning point, reach a crossroads

    informal

    come to the crunch

    at the head of

    ‘his years at the head of the company’


    SYNONYMS

    in charge of, in control of, in command of, at the top of, at the helm of, at the controls of, as leader of, in the driving seat of, at the wheel of, responsible for, accountable for, liable for

    managing, running, administering, directing, supervising, overseeing, controlling, commanding, leading, heading up, looking after, taking care of

    be head and shoulders above

    ‘he was always head and shoulders above the rest but he was very modest’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    outclass, surpass, be superior to, be better than, outshine, overshadow, eclipse, dwarf, put in the shade, upstage, transcend

    top, cap, trump, trounce, beat, defeat, better, put to shame, exceed, leave behind, outrank

    informal

    be a cut above, run rings round, leave standing, walk away from

    archaic

    outrival, outvie

    lose one's head

    ‘I lost my head and started a big fuss’


    SYNONYMS

    lose control of oneself, lose one's composure, lose one's self-control, lose one's equilibrium, lose control of the situation, go to pieces, fall to pieces

    panic, go mad, get flustered, get confused, get angry, get excited, get hysterical

    informal

    lose one's cool, freak out, crack up

    British informal

    go into a spin, go into a flat spin, throw a wobbly

    ANTONYMS

    keep control of oneself

    go to someone's head

    1‘the wine has gone to my head’


    SYNONYMS

    intoxicate, inebriate, befuddle, make someone intoxicated, make someone drunk, make someone dizzy, make someone's head spin

    informal

    make someone woozy

    2‘her victory went to her head’


    SYNONYMS

    make someone conceited, make someone arrogant, turn someone's head, make someone full of themselves, puff someone up

    keep one's head

    ‘he takes chances but keeps his head’


    SYNONYMS

    keep calm, stay calm, keep cool, stay cool, remain unruffled, keep control of oneself, keep one's self-control, maintain one's equilibrium, maintain one's composure

    informal

    keep one's cool, keep one's shirt on

    ANTONYMS

    lose control of oneself

    head someone/something off

    1‘he ran up the road to head off approaching cars’


    SYNONYMS

    intercept, divert, deflect, redirect, reroute, turn aside, draw away, turn away, cut off

    2‘they headed off a row by ordering further study of both plans’


    SYNONYMS

    forestall, avert, ward off, fend off, stave off, hold off, nip in the bud, keep at bay

    prevent, avoid, stop, check, thwart

    ANTONYMS

    precipitate

    head something up

    ‘he will head up the new communications division’


    SYNONYMS

    be in charge of, be at the head of, head, be in command of, command, be in control of, control, lead, be the leader of, run, manage, direct, administer, supervise, superintend, oversee, preside over, rule, govern, captain, be the boss of, be at the helm of