Origin of loggerhead
Related Words for loggerheadtortoise, slowpoke, chelonian, snapper, terrapin, cooter, leatherback, testudinal
Examples from the Web for loggerhead
Historical Examples of loggerhead
That was the loggerhead, and you will soon see what it was used for.Little Grandfather
But this loggerhead and Sir R. Ford would make us believe that they did it.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
Both words 'loggerhead' and 'logger-head' are present, leaving.Shakespeare's Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
The next second I had it in the boat, and had a turn around the loggerhead.
His eyes roll in his loggerhead just for the world like a dying goat's.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.
Word Origin for loggerhead
1580s, "stupid person, blockhead," perhaps from dialectal logger "heavy block of wood" + head (n.). Later it meant "a thick-headed iron tool" (1680s), a type of cannon shot, a type of turtle (1650s). Loggerheads "fighting, fisticuffs" is from 1670s, but the exact notion is uncertain, perhaps it suggests the heavy tools used as weapons. The phrase at loggerheads "in disagreement" is first recorded 1670s.