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headman

[hed-muh n, -man] /ˈhɛd mən, -ˌmæn/
noun, plural headmen
[hed-muh n, -men] /ˈhɛd mən, -ˌmɛn/ (Show IPA)
1.
a chief or leader.
2.
Origin of headman
1000
before 1000; Middle English he(ve)dman, Old English hēafodman. See head, man1
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  • More and more stretches the distance between the bwana and his headman.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Then, as the headman hurried up: "Get me the box of medicines, quick!"

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The headman, they insisted everywhere, must accept as a present whatever he liked to have.

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  • So for the present Xenophon went off, taking the headman back with him to his household and friends.

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  • All attempts of the headman and elders to restrain him were useless.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • The headman did not know where he was gone, but there are plenty of trees.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • Shortly afterwards the headman came to say that his daughter had also disappeared.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • You came straight down from the king and governor to the village and its headman.

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  • The towns, too, were divided into quarters, and each quarter had its headman.

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  • Now the headman was afraid to do anything, for fear of the great government.

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British Dictionary definitions for headman

headman

/ˈhɛdmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
(anthropol) a chief or leader
2.
a foreman or overseer
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Word Origin and History for headman
n.

"chief man, leader," Old English heafodman; see head (adj.) + man (n.). Cognate with German Hauptmann "captain."

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