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airhead1

[air-hed]
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noun
  1. an area in enemy territory or in threatened friendly territory, seized by airborne troops for bringing in supplies and additional troops by airdrop or landing.

Origin of airhead1

airhead2

[air-hed]
noun
  1. Slang. a scatterbrained, stupid, or simple-minded person; dolt.

Origin of airhead2

probably earlier than 1975–80; air1 + head
Related formsair·head·ed, adjective
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airhead1

noun
  1. military an area secured in hostile territory, used as a base for the supply and evacuation of troops and equipment by air

Word Origin

C20: modelled on beachhead

airhead2

noun
  1. slang a stupid or simple-minded person; idiot

Word Origin

C20: from air + head
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Word Origin and History for airhead

n.

"empty-headed person," 1972, from air (n.1) + head (n.). Earlier as a term in mining (mid-19c.) and as a military term based on beachhead (1950).

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