- 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
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- (tr) to remove the head from; decapitate
Old English behēafdian, from be- + heafod head; related to Middle High German behoubeten
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Word Origin and History for beheader
Old English beheafdian, from be-, here with privative force, + heafod (see head (n.)). Related: Beheaded; beheading.
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