Origin of beheadMiddle English bihevden from Old English beheafdian from be, be- + heafod, head
transitive verbbe·head·ed, be·head·ing, be·heads
Origin of beheadMiddle English biheden from Old English behēafdian be- away from ; see be- . hēafod head ; see head .
(third-person singular simple present beheads, present participle beheading, simple past and past participle beheaded)
- To remove the head.
From Middle English beheden, bihefden, biheveden, from Old English behēafdian (“to behead”), equivalent to be- (“off, away”) + head.
- To really make sure they don't come back, according to Dracula, you must also behead them and stuff their mouths with garlic.
- The only way to kill an Immmortal is to behead him, and the beheader absorbs the beheaded's power.
- Jerusalem was taken by storm; the Roman troops withdrew to behead Antigonus the usurper at Antioch.
- She watched him systematically behead or run through the three men, her stomach churning at the sight of so much death.
- Henry could thus behead ministers and divorce wives with comparative impunity, because the individual appeared to be of little importance compared with the state.