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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.
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airhead2

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

C20: modelled on beachhead

airhead2

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