airhead

2
[ air-hed ]
/ ˈɛərˌhɛd /

noun

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

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

2
probably earlier than 1975–80; air1 + head

Related formsair·head·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for airheaded

airhead

1
/ (ˈɛəˌhɛd) /

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

airhead

2
/ (ˈɛəˌhɛd) /

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 airheaded

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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