[ hed-on, -awn ]
/ ˈhɛdˈɒn, -ˈɔn /


(of two objects) meeting with the fronts or heads foremost: a head-on collision.
facing the direction of forward motion or alignment; frontal.
characterized by direct opposition: a head-on confrontation.


with the front or head foremost, especially in a collision: She stepped out of the front door and walked head-on into her husband.

Nearby words

  1. head-butt,
  2. head-dropping test,
  3. head-hunter,
  4. head-hunting,
  5. head-load,
  6. head-shrinker,
  7. head-to-head,
  8. head-up display,
  9. headache,
  10. headachy

Origin of head-on

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40

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British Dictionary definitions for head-on


adverb, adjective

with the front or fronts foremosta head-on collision
with directness or without compromisein his usual head-on fashion
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Word Origin and History for head-on



1840, from head (n.) + on.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper