noun, plural head·men [hed-muh n, -men] /ˈhɛd mən, -ˌmɛn/.
Origin of headman
before 1000; Middle English he(ve)dman, Old English hēafodman.
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Examples from the Web for headman
Historical Examples of headman
More and more stretches the distance between the bwana and his headman.
Then, as the headman hurried up: "Get me the box of medicines, quick!"
The headman, they insisted everywhere, must accept as a present whatever he liked to have.
So for the present Xenophon went off, taking the headman back with him to his household and friends.
All attempts of the headman and elders to restrain him were useless.
British Dictionary definitions for headman
noun plural -men
anthropol a chief or leader
a foreman or overseer
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Word Origin and History for headman
"chief man, leader," Old English heafodman; see head (adj.) + man (n.). Cognate with German Hauptmann "captain."
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