Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

cathead

[kat-hed]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun Nautical.
  1. a projecting timber or metal beam to which an anchor is hoisted and secured.
Show More

Origin of cathead

First recorded in 1620–30; cat + head
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cathead

Historical Examples

  • Not that he was afraid Cathead would tell; he had no thought of that.

    Sube Cane

    Edward Bellamy Partridge

  • The sound of Cathead's voice brought Sube back to his senses.

    Sube Cane

    Edward Bellamy Partridge

  • "You ain't told me what you're all dressed up for," Cathead reminded him presently.

    Sube Cane

    Edward Bellamy Partridge

  • "They're in the pantry," said Sube as he started to follow Cathead down the stairs.

    Sube Cane

    Edward Bellamy Partridge

  • Sube was still gazing at the banknote when Cathead came out of the house.

    Sube Cane

    Edward Bellamy Partridge


British Dictionary definitions for cathead

cathead

noun
  1. a fitting at the bow of a vessel for securing the anchor when raised
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012