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 beh&emacron;afdian : be-, away from; see be– + h&emacron;afod, 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.