head·​butt ˈhed-ˌbət How to pronounce headbutt (audio)
variants or head-butt or head butt
plural headbutts or head-butts or head butts
: a violent blow with the forehead or crown of the head especially into the face or head of another person
I took the offensive next, figuring a headbutt to the bridge of his nose would be a strategic response …Corwin Ericson
A fearless former BMX racer … , McEwen uses elbows, shoulders and an occasional head butt to fight for position in the sprint.Michael Henson
headbutt verb, transitive + intransitive
or head-butt
headbutted or head-butted; headbutting or head-butting; headbutts or head-butts
When Mr. Bartle got up, Gordon headbutted him, breaking his nose and leaving him needing an operation … Rob Kennedy
It has been awhile since Dennis Rodman head-butted Chicago's Stacey King and was ejected from a game … Joe Menzer
Ordinary soccer brutes head-butt to break an opponent's nose. Time
headbutter noun
or head-butter
plural headbutters or head-butters
The others, skinny kids from Leeds, were headbutters and kickers and they got into a corner and took out several locals before Cashin … got there. Peter Temple

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But while the headbutt was strong enough to do some damage to Francona’s eyewear, Naylor came away unscathed. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 30 June 2022 Mikkelsen convinced his director, and the film's insurance company, to let himdo the mirror headbutt. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021 The lead-up to the headbutt involved numerous physical plays, including a few between Antetokounmpo and Wagner. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2020 Crystal Palace beat Southampton 1-0 for a third straight home win while Brentford settled for 1-1 against Wolverhampton, whose striker Diego Costa was sent off for a headbutt in stoppage time. Mattias KarÉn, ajc, 29 Oct. 2022 The same could not be said of manager Terry Francona, who received a full-on headbutt from his rambunctious slugger when the two met in front of the Guardians dugout. Joe Noga, cleveland, 30 June 2022 So did a celebratory headbutt from tight end Tyler Higbee. Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2022 But before the period had ended, Buchnevich was tossed from the game for a headbutt on Arizona's Lawson Crouse. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 19 Oct. 2021 A half-dozen Detroit Lions mobbed him in the end zone, including quarterback Matthew Stafford, who greeted Peterson with a resounding headbutt. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 6 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headbutt was in 1925

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“Headbutt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headbutt. Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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