behead[bē hed′, bi-]
Someone has decided to behead this gingerbread man.
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.