loggerhead

noun log·ger·head \ ˈlȯ-gər-ˌhed , ˈlä- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of loggerhead

1 chiefly dialectal
b :head; especially :a disproportionately large head
2 a :a very large chiefly carnivorous sea turtle (Caretta caretta) of subtropical and temperate waters
3 :an iron tool consisting of a long handle terminating in a ball or bulb that is heated and used to melt tar or to heat liquids
at loggerheads
:in or into a state of quarrelsome disagreement

Examples of loggerhead in a Sentence

  1. that loggerhead couldn't find the business end of a cow even if his life depended on it

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Origin and Etymology of loggerhead

probably from English dialect logger block of wood + English head


LOGGERHEAD Defined for Kids

loggerhead

noun log·ger·head \ ˈlȯ-gər-ˌhed , ˈlä- \

Definition of loggerhead for Students

:a very large sea turtle found in the warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean


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