- to cut off the head of; kill or execute by decapitation.
- Geology. (of a pirate stream) to divert the headwaters of (a river, stream, etc.).
Origin of behead
Examples from the Web for behead
They not only kill soldiers in battle, they behead them and burn them.Iraqi Soldiers Bribe Officers So They Don't Have to Fight ISIS
October 8, 2014
When Khaled Saad answers his phone there is often a voice on the other end threatening to behead him.Battle for the Sinai
July 15, 2013
Right now a young woman whose husband tried to behead her is recovering from her injuries in a Ghor hospital.The Underground Educator
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
March 5, 2010
I suspect the Brits used to behead people for lesser breaches of protocol.The Power of Michelle
April 29, 2009
There was a Thorpe among the judges who voted to behead him.The Market-Place
Then they made it appear that they were going to behead Man Sing.In the Forbidden Land
Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Therefore, in order to realize the perfection, let us behead them.Sophisms of the Protectionists
We could not behead it, as the Tibetans would not trust us with a knife or sword.An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet
A. Henry Savage Landor
This is to signify that, as a member of the royal family, he has authority to behead them.Modern Persia
Mooshie G. Daniel
- (tr) to remove the head from; decapitate
Word Origin and History for behead
Old English beheafdian, from be-, here with privative force, + heafod (see head (n.)). Related: Beheaded; beheading.