a person having red hair.
an American diving duck, Aythya americana, the male of which has a bright chestnut-red head.

Origin of redhead

First recorded in 1655–65; red1 + head Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for redhead

Contemporary Examples of redhead

Historical Examples of redhead

  • The man who faced the redhead was as light as his companion was ponderous.

  • Two of them charged him suddenly—the redhead and the unpleasant smiler.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster

  • Only one, a redhead, paid attention to the controls of the landing grid.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster

  • "I thought it made me look sexy," the redhead said petulantly.

    The Perfectionists

    Arnold Castle

  • Redknap, the name of a Richmond boat-builder, is probably a nickname, like Redhead.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

British Dictionary definitions for redhead



a person with red hair
a diving duck, Aythya americana, of North America, the male of which has a grey-and-black body and a reddish-brown head
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for redhead

mid-13c., from red (adj.1) + head (n.). Red (adj.), of persons, "having red hair" is from late Old English.

The Carrot pate be sure you hate, for she'l be true to no man,
But put her too 't and she will do 't, and oft turns very common:
She that is red upon the head will doubtless ne'r forsake it,
But wanton be, assuredly, and willingly will take it.
["The True Lover's Admonition," Roxburghe Ballads, c.1680]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper