head·​bang·​er ˈhed-ˌbaŋ-ər How to pronounce headbanger (audio)
: a musician who performs hard rock
also : a fan of hard rock

Examples of headbanger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pretty Runaway’s fan club took to TikTok to share their love for the headbanger. Paloma Chavez, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 It’s been a decade since the old Station 4 night club closed on 4th Street, leaving headbangers and metal heads — among other fans of underground music — a bit adrift. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 4 Feb. 2024 Still, at the same time, his records were instant headbangers amongst the younger generation and ear candy for clubgoers. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 22 Jan. 2024 Its music scene, anchored by place-proud local artists, is reaching global dimensions, with emerging festivals like the thunderous Aftershock drawing crowds of over 160,000 headbangers. Leilani Marie Labong, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 O’Neal wanted an event that headbangers could appreciate. Tommy Cummings, Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2023 And some of those Black Sabbath headbangers really got into it, big time! George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2023 Metallica’s latest tour is only playing select cities this year (Cleveland is not one of them), but headbangers can get their fix this weekend when the group’s two performances at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, are live-streamed to movie theaters nationwide. Gary Graff, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2023 Goths, punks, headbangers, and even a few normies are scattered throughout the crowd, ready to give these road dogs a victory lap. Andy O'Connor, SPIN, 24 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of headbanger was in 1977

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“Headbanger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headbanger. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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