- a thick-headed or stupid person; blockhead.
- loggerhead turtle.
- loggerhead shrike.
- a ball or bulb of iron with a long handle, used, after being heated, to melt tar, heat liquids, etc.
- a rounded post, in the stern of a whaleboat, around which the harpoon line is passed.
- a circular inkwell having a broad, flat base.
- at loggerheads, engaged in a disagreement or dispute; quarreling: They were at loggerheads over the distribution of funds.
Origin of loggerhead
Examples from the Web for loggerheads
Even within the PLO the different factions are often at loggerheads and maneuver to gain the upper hand.PLO Official: Al-Qaeda To Target Lebanese Christians
February 7, 2014
Money laundering had now become a political issue, and Mexican and U.S. officials remained at loggerheads.HSBC Report Shows Difficulty of Stopping Money Launderers
July 19, 2012
President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad are at loggerheads over how to form a Palestinian state.Palestine’s Split Over Statehood
July 14, 2011
In the next two years, the Republicans and Democrats will often be at loggerheads, mired in the gridlock of divided government.Nader: Bloomberg Could Win
December 9, 2010
As to the possibility, however, the authorities are at loggerheads.The Man Shakespeare
Italy was at loggerheads with Austria, her ally, and about to break.
She had, however, a strong will, and was invariably at loggerheads with others.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
He and the village have been at loggerheads about the Institute, I believe.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Well, my dear fellow, we shall not come to loggerheads about that.Orley Farm</p>
- Also called: loggerhead turtle a large-headed turtle, Caretta caretta, occurring in most seas: family Chelonidae
- loggerhead shrike a North American shrike, Lanius ludovicianus, having a grey head and body, black-and-white wings and tail, and black facial stripe
- a tool consisting of a large metal sphere attached to a long handle, used for warming liquids, melting tar, etc
- a strong round upright post in a whaleboat for belaying the line of a harpoon
- archaic, or dialect a blockhead; dunce
- at loggerheads engaged in dispute or confrontation
Word Origin and History for loggerheads
1580s, "stupid person, blockhead," perhaps from dialectal logger "heavy block of wood" + head (n.). Later it meant "a thick-headed iron tool" (1680s), a type of cannon shot, a type of turtle (1650s). Loggerheads "fighting, fisticuffs" is from 1670s, but the exact notion is uncertain, perhaps it suggests the heavy tools used as weapons. The phrase at loggerheads "in disagreement" is first recorded 1670s.
Idioms and Phrases with loggerheads
see at loggerheads.