Headless meaning

hĕd'lĭs
Lacking a leader or director.
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Lacking intelligence and prudence; stupid or foolish.
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Without a head.
  • Organically without a head; acephalous.
  • Beheaded.
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Without a leader or director.
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Stupid; brainless.
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Without a head; decapitated.

How did the headless horseman see to chase Ichabod?

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Without a head in the sense of leadership.

The headless army blundered along after the death of their general, accomplishing nothing.

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(linguistics, of a phrase or compound) Not having a head morpheme or word.
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(computing) Running without a user interface; specifically, running without a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
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(of beer) Without a head of foam.
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Origin of headless

  • From Middle English heedles, hevedles, from Old English hēafodlēas (“headless”), equivalent to head +‎ -less. Cognate with Dutch hoofdloos (“headless”), Danish hovedløs (“headless”), Swedish huvudlös (“headless”), Icelandic höfuðlaus (“headless”).
    From Wiktionary