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or long·head·ed

[lawng-hed-id, long-]
  1. Anthropology. dolichocephalic.
  2. of great discernment or foresight; farseeing or shrewd.
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Origin of long-headed

First recorded in 1690–1700
Related formslong-head·ed·ly, adverblong-head·ed·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for long-headed

Historical Examples

  • The fact was, however, that Fritz was a knowing and long-headed fellow.

    The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "They are too old and long-headed for us to meddle with," said Addison.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • Doubleday, long-headed and crafty, listened to all that was said.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman

  • They were small in stature, swarthy in features, and long-headed.

  • No, you don't, but I'll tell you—bekaise they're long-headed.

British Dictionary definitions for long-headed


  1. astute; shrewd; sagacious
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Derived Formslong-headedly, adverblong-headedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for long-headed


"discerning," c.1700, from long (adj.) + head (n.).

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