a mooring rope at the bows of a ship

Word Origin for headfast

C16: from head (in the sense: front) + fast a mooring rope, from Middle English fest, from Old Norse festr; related to fast 1
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Examples from the Web for headfast

Historical Examples of headfast

  • In this lay the danger of making fast, for a strong pull from a headfast rope might drag the erection completely over.