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[red-hed] /ˈrɛdˌhɛd/
a person having red hair.
an American diving duck, Aythya americana, the male of which has a bright chestnut-red head.
Origin of redhead
First recorded in 1655-65; red1 + head Unabridged
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  • The man who faced the redhead was as light as his companion was ponderous.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Only one, a redhead, paid attention to the controls of the landing grid.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • Two of them charged him suddenly—the redhead and the unpleasant smiler.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • "I thought it made me look sexy," the redhead said petulantly.

    The Perfectionists Arnold Castle
  • Redknap, the name of a Richmond boat-builder, is probably a nickname, like redhead.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
British Dictionary definitions for redhead


a person with red hair
a diving duck, Aythya americana, of North America, the male of which has a grey-and-black body and a reddish-brown head
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Word Origin and History for redhead

mid-13c., from red (adj.1) + head (n.). Red (adj.), of persons, "having red hair" is from late Old English.

The Carrot pate be sure you hate, for she'l be true to no man,
But put her too 't and she will do 't, and oft turns very common:
She that is red upon the head will doubtless ne'r forsake it,
But wanton be, assuredly, and willingly will take it.
["The True Lover's Admonition," Roxburghe Ballads, c.1680]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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