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DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?

"The Handmaid's Tale" was required reading for many of us in school. Everyone else has probably watched the very popular and addictive TV show. Do you remember this vocabulary from the book, and do you know what these terms mean?
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Idioms for head

Origin of head

before 900; Middle English he(v)ed, Old English hēafod; cognate with Old High German houbit, Gothic haubith; akin to Old English hafud- (in hafudland headland), Old Norse hǫfuth, Latin caput (see capital1)

OTHER WORDS FROM head

head·like, adjectivemul·ti·head, noun

Definition for head (2 of 3)

Head
[ hed ]
/ hɛd /

noun

Edith,1897–1981, U.S. costume designer.

Definition for head (3 of 3)

-head

a native English suffix meaning “state of being” (godhead; maidenhead), occurring in words now mostly archaic or obsolete, many being superseded by forms in -hood.

Origin of -head

Middle English -hede, Old English *-hǣdu, feminine of -hād -hood
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British Dictionary definitions for head (1 of 3)

head
/ (hɛd) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of head

headlike, adjective

Word Origin for head

Old English hēafod; related to Old Norse haufuth, Old Frisian hāved, Old Saxon hōbid, Old High German houbit

British Dictionary definitions for head (2 of 3)

Head
/ (hɛd) /

noun

Edith. 1907–81, US dress designer: won many Oscars for her Hollywood film costume designs

British Dictionary definitions for head (3 of 3)

-head

combining form

indicating a person having a preoccupation as specifiedbreadhead
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Medical definitions for head

head
[ hĕd ]

n.

The uppermost or forwardmost part of the human body, containing the brain and the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and jaws.
The analogous part of various vertebrate and invertebrate animals.
The pus-containing tip of an abscess, boil, or pimple.
The rounded proximal end of a long bone.
The end of a muscle that is attached to the less movable part of the skeleton.
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Idioms and Phrases with head

head

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