airhead

1
[air-hed]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. airfoil,
  2. airframe,
  3. airfreight,
  4. airglow,
  5. airgun,
  6. airhose,
  7. airily,
  8. airiness,
  9. airing,
  10. airish

Origin of airhead

1

airhead

2
[air-hed]

noun

Slang. a scatterbrained, stupid, or simple-minded person; dolt.

Origin of airhead

2
probably earlier than 1975–80; air1 + head

Related formsair·head·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for airhead

airhead

1

noun

military an area secured in hostile territory, used as a base for the supply and evacuation of troops and equipment by air

Word Origin for airhead

C20: modelled on beachhead

noun

slang a stupid or simple-minded person; idiot

Word Origin for airhead

C20: from air + head

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Word Origin and History for airhead

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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