loggerhead[lôg′ər hed′, läg′-]
loggerhead definition by Webster's New World
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- a long-handled tool with a ball, or bulb, at the end, used when heated to melt tar, heat liquids, etc.
- any of a genus (Caretta, family Cheloniidae) of sea turtles with a hard shell and a large headalso loggerhead turtle
- Dialectal a stupid fellow; blockhead
Origin: dialect, dialectal logger, heavy block of wood (; from log) plush head
loggerhead definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- A loggerhead turtle.
- An iron tool consisting of a long handle with a bulbous end, used when heated to melt tar or warm liquids.
- Nautical A post on a whaleboat used to secure the harpoon rope.
- Informal a. A blockhead; a dolt.b. A disproportionately large head.
Origin: Probably dialectal logger, wooden block (probably from log1) + head.
loggerhead - Phrases/Idioms
in disagreement; quarreling
Engaged in a dispute: The question of car privileges put Sam and his parents at loggerheads.