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  1. mental labor; thought.
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Origin of headwork

First recorded in 1830–40; head + work
Related formshead·work·er, nounhead·work·ing, noun
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Related Words for headwork

cerebration, headwork

Examples from the Web for headwork

Historical Examples of headwork

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

    Connie Morgan in the Lumber Camps

    James B. Hendryx

  • You can beat any boy of your size at that sort of headwork that ever I saw.

    The Red Moccasins

    Morrison Heady

  • She is only twenty, very clever at any headwork, but curiously childish about anything real.

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

    The Robbers

    Friedrich Schiller

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for headwork


  1. mental work
  2. the ornamentation of the keystone of an arch
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Derived Formsheadworker, noun
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