head·​room ˈhed-ˌrüm How to pronounce headroom (audio)
: vertical space in which to stand, sit, or move

Example Sentences

He's looking for a car with a lot of headroom.
Recent Examples on the Web There's sufficient headroom, kneeroom, and under-seat foot space, along with the best view out of the side glass. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 10 Mar. 2023 Legroom ,headroom and interior space were above average while the cargo space was tremendous for a 5-seater SUV. Hartford Courant, 11 Feb. 2023 Instead, it’s designed for developers to build or tweak games to take advantage of the controllers, the larger thermal headroom, and the higher framerate displays. Christian De Looper, BGR, 1 Dec. 2021 So think not of the Tercel as a mini station wagon, but more as a Scirocco with headroom. Don Sherman, Car and Driver, 22 Feb. 2023 There's also an extra inch of headroom and over 2 inches of additional shoulder space. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 8 Feb. 2023 It’s a nicely balanced tone with plenty of headroom in the volume and excellent separation between bass, midrange and treble. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 5 Feb. 2023 There would appear to be plenty of headroom for Moderna and Pfizer to profit from the vaccines even at lower prices. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2023 Legroom and headroom are decent, less so on rear-seat legroom. Dallas News, 21 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1762, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headroom was in 1762

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“Headroom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headroom. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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