What does loggerhead mean?

Definitions for loggerhead
ˈlɔ gərˌhɛd, ˈlɒg ər-log·ger·head

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dunce, dunderhead, numskull, blockhead, bonehead, lunkhead, hammerhead, knucklehead, loggerhead, muttonhead, shithead, dumbass, fuckheadnoun

    a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence

  2. loggerhead, loggerhead turtle, Caretta carettanoun

    very large carnivorous sea turtle; wide-ranging in warm open seas


  1. loggerheadnoun

    a tool consisting of a rod with a bulbous end, used once made hot in a fire for the purpose of heating liquids that it is plunged into.

  2. loggerheadnoun

    A post on a whaling boat used to secure the harpoon rope

  3. loggerheadnoun

    the loggerhead turtle

  4. loggerheadnoun

    the loggerhead shrike

  5. loggerheadnoun

    A dolt or blockhead

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Loggerheadnoun

    A dolt; a blockhead; a thickscul.

    Etymology: logge, Dutch, stupid and head, or rather from log, a heavy motionless mass, as blockhead.

    Where hast been, Hal?
    With three or four loggerheads, amongst three or fourscore hogsheads. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Says this loggerhead, what have we to do to quench other peoples fires. Roger L'Estrange.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loggerheadnoun

    a blockhead; a dunce; a numskull

  2. Loggerheadnoun

    a spherical mass of iron, with a long handle, used to heat tar

  3. Loggerheadnoun

    an upright piece of round timber, in a whaleboat, over which a turn of the line is taken when it is running out too fast

  4. Loggerheadnoun

    a very large marine turtle (Thalassochelys caretta, / caouana), common in the warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean, from Brazil to Cape Cod; -- called also logger-headed turtle

  5. Loggerheadnoun

    an American shrike (Lanius Ludovicianus), similar to the butcher bird, but smaller. See Shrike

  6. Etymology: [Log + head.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. loggerhead

    A round ball of iron attached to a long handle with a hook at the end of it. It heats tar by being made hot in the fire, and then plunged into the tar-bucket. It was also used to pound cocoa before chocolate was supplied. Also, an upright rounded piece of wood, near the stern of a whale-boat, for catching a turn of the line to. Also, a name given to a well-known turtle, Chelonia caouana, from its having a great head; it is sometimes called the whooper or whapper. (See TURTLE.)

Etymology and Origins

  1. Loggerhead

    A dull, stupid fellow with no more sense in his head than a “logger” or lumberman. These loggers often quarrel for no visible cause; hence the expression to be “at loggerheads.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of loggerhead in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of loggerhead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of loggerhead in a Sentence

  1. Mariana Fuentes:

    We’re concerned we’re going to have a feminization of marine turtles, this study came from the need to understand the current sex ratio being produced at loggerhead nesting grounds to establish baseline parameters as climate change progresses and to identify beaches that produce a higher proportion of males.

  2. The Facebook post:

    Edisto Beach State Park sea turtle patrol had a very rare find during a routine nest inventory, three to five days after a sea turtle nest shows signs of a major emergence, we dig down to determine the success of the nest by counting the hatched eggs, unhatched eggs and on occasions also find live hatchlings. While performing an inventory this past Wednesday, patrollers and volunteers found three alive loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings still in the chamber, but one hatchling, in particular, stood out because it had two heads!

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