Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A supporter of the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War and the Commonwealth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A nickname given to the supporters of parliament during the English Civil War.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A nickname for a Puritan. See Roundheads, the, in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.

from The 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.
  • n.
  • n. [lowercase] plural Same as brachycephali.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a brachycephalic person
  • n. a supporter of parliament and Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War

Etymologies

From the close-cropped hair of the Puritans.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "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?"

    Prisoners of Hope A Tale of Colonial Virginia

  • Roundhead is strong evidence of how the political dialectic is broken - it's like arguing with a 50's style Stalinist.

    Balkinization

  • 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.

    BREAKING NEWS!

  • The word "Roundhead" was first used early in 1642, though whether it originated with Henrietta Maria or with

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 20, June, 1859

  • "Roundhead," as applied to herself; and broke forth in good earnest, when noting a smile that elongated her woman's lip, as she said, --

    The Buccaneer A Tale

  • 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.'"

    The Tale of Lal A Fantasy

  • "Roundhead," he explained, "was an older, an abler warrior than himself.

    The Story of Isaac Brock Hero, Defender and Saviour of Upper Canada, 1812

  • Eventually, they established I was a Roundhead and that was the end of it.

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  • 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.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • 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?

    Balkinization

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