[ hed-wurk ]
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  1. mental labor; thought.

Origin of headwork

First recorded in 1830–40; head + work

Other words from headwork

  • headworker, noun
  • headworking, noun

Words Nearby headwork

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How to use headwork in a sentence

  • When it comes to headwork, yer the captain—with a capital K. An' believe me!

  • Physical power was as yet on the side of Charity, but she hadn't a chance with him wherever headwork was wanted.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays | Thomas Hughes
  • She evidently came to the conclusion that the headwork had to go on and it was up to her to get busy in that line, at least.

  • It wants nothing but courage; as to the headwork, I take that entirely upon myself.

    The Robbers | Friedrich Schiller
  • She is only twenty, very clever at any headwork, but curiously childish about anything real.

British Dictionary definitions for headwork


/ (ˈhɛdˌwɜːk) /

  1. mental work

  2. the ornamentation of the keystone of an arch

Derived forms of headwork

  • headworker, noun

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