[hed-bawrd, -bohrd]


a board forming the head of anything, especially of a bed.

Origin of headboard

First recorded in 1720–30; head + board
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Examples from the Web for headboard

Historical Examples of headboard

  • She ran into her cabin and scrouged behind the headboard of a bed.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • It was the headboard that had forced her struggle for composure.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • Maggard's coat and pistol-holster hung at the headboard of his bed.

    The Roof Tree

    Charles Neville Buck

  • Diana crawled up and got her back against the headboard of the bed.

    Anne Of Avonlea

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • We climbed its headboard like a mast, and looked for pirates on the sea.

    Hints to Pilgrims

    Charles Stephen Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for headboard



a vertical board or terminal at the head of a bed
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