American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A supporter of the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War and the Commonwealth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In English history, a member of the Parliamentarian or Puritan party during the civil war: so called opprobriously by the Royalists or Cavaliers, in allusion to the Puritans' custom of wearing their hair closely cut, while the Cavaliers usually wore theirs in long ringlets. The Roundheads were one of the two great parties in English politics first formed about 1641, and continued under the succeeding names of Whigs and Liberals, as opposed to the Cavaliers, Tories, and Conservatives respectively.
- n. [lowercase] plural Same as brachycephali.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eng. Hist.) A nickname for a Puritan. See
Roundheads, the, in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.
- n. a brachycephalic person
- n. a supporter of parliament and Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War
- From the close-cropped hair of the Puritans. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Madam," interrupted Landless with a curious smile upon his lips, "did you not know that I was, that I am, what you call a Roundhead?”
“Roundhead is strong evidence of how the political dialectic is broken - it's like arguing with a 50's style Stalinist.”
“I've got "Roundhead" back again, from Conservative Party headquarters, on another blog and under a different name--apparently he's been casing my neighbourhood.”
“The word "Roundhead" was first used early in 1642, though whether it originated with Henrietta Maria or with”
“Roundhead," as applied to herself; and broke forth in good earnest, when noting a smile that elongated her woman's lip, as she said, --”
“Charles will hear him shout Ha!, and that irritating habit of his, together with Charles's treatment of the matter, was probably the origin of the terms, 'Roundhead' and 'Cavalier.”
“Roundhead," he explained, "was an older, an abler warrior than himself.”
“Eventually, they established I was a Roundhead and that was the end of it.”
“Our armour and weaponry were of course wholly authentic, as were our battle cries of 'Ouch' and 'I can't see where I'm going', although we didn't get round to deciding who was a Roundhead, who a Cavalier.”
“Roundhead, have you come up with these no-genital "liberals", or are you just spouting idiocies and meaningless generalizations while you make empty contemptuous comments?”
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