[ speer-hed ]
/ ˈspɪərˌhɛd /


the sharp-pointed head that forms the piercing end of a spear.
any person, contingent, or force that leads an attack, undertaking, etc.

verb (used with object)

to act as a spearhead for: She spearheaded the drive for new members.

Nearby words

  1. spear-head spoon,
  2. spear-phishing,
  3. spear-thrower,
  4. spearfish,
  5. spearfisherman,
  6. spearing,
  7. spearman,
  8. spearman's rank-order coefficient,
  9. spearmint,
  10. spearpoint

Origin of spearhead

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at spear1, head

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British Dictionary definitions for spearheading


/ (ˈspɪəˌhɛd) /


the pointed head of a spear
the leading force in a military attack
any person or thing that leads or initiates an attack, a campaign, etc


(tr) to lead or initiate (an attack, a campaign, etc)
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Word Origin and History for spearheading



c.1400, from spear (n.1) + head (n.). Figurative sense of "leading element" (of an attack, movement, etc.) is attested from 1893; the verb in this sense is recorded from 1938. Related: Spearheaded; spearheading.

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