log·​ger·​head | \ ˈlȯ-gər-ˌhed How to pronounce loggerhead (audio) , ˈlä-\

Definition of loggerhead

1 chiefly dialectal

a : blockhead
b : head especially : a disproportionately large head
2a : 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

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Examples of loggerhead in a Sentence

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

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Kelly Sloan, Katie Goulder, and Jack Brzoza of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation carry a dead loggerhead sea turtle from the beach in July 2018. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Frightening Spread of Toxic Algae," 28 Aug. 2019 Li had long been at loggerheads with Zhao over the pace and direction of change, on questions ranging from price reform to ideological controls. The Economist, "Obituary: Li Peng died on July 22nd," 25 July 2019 These six turtles may meet up with Munchkin, the 330-pound loggerhead sea turtle released at West Dennis Beach last week. Alyssa Lukpat, BostonGlobe.com, "6 sea turtles released at West Dennis Beach after months of recovery from hypothermia," 11 July 2019 This is something of a change for both nations, which were at loggerheads for much of the 20th century after diverging interpretations of communism caused China and the Soviet Union to cut diplomatic ties. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Putin and Xi cement an alliance for the 21st century," 6 June 2019 Since then, the two sides have been at loggerheads. Sam Fortier, baltimoresun.com, "Jay Gruden ‘seriously’ doubts Redskins will trade Trent Williams," 3 Aug. 2019 Giant loggerhead turtles are nesting in record numbers along the Southeast coast, with new highs reported in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The Christian Science Monitor, "Incurable food allergy healed," 26 July 2019 Researchers and volunteers in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have cataloged more than 12,200 nests left by loggerheads. Vanna Quiroz, CBS News, "Rare sea turtles smash nesting records in parts of Southeast," 14 July 2019 North Carolina Oak Island: Advocates for sea turtles say a hefty fine is in store for whoever dug into a nest of loggerhead sea turtle eggs. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of loggerhead

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for loggerhead

probably from English dialect logger block of wood + English head

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log·​ger·​head | \ ˈlȯ-gər-ˌhed How to pronounce loggerhead (audio) , ˈlä-\

Kids Definition of loggerhead

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

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