[hed-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st]


most advanced; foremost.

Origin of headmost

First recorded in 1620–30; head + -most
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Examples from the Web for headmost

Historical Examples of headmost

  • We now began to fire on the headmost ships of the enemy, which were coming on towards us.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The headmost vessel is a merchantman; by the cut of her canvas, I should say she was English.

    The Missing Ship

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • This arrangement was made as we pulled towards the headmost prahu.

    Mark Seaworth

    William H.G. Kingston

  • The headmost boat is within ten fathoms of the fish—I am sure it will be ours.

    Peter the Whaler

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • As the headmost boats neared the fort the fire became hotter.

    The Three Lieutenants

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for headmost



a less common word for foremost
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