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

  • n. Slang A fan of heavy metal music: "an arena full of headbangers holding their lighters aloft” ( Christopher John Farley).

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  • n. One who dances by violently shaking the head in time to the music.
  • n. one who enjoys heavy metal rock music, to which this sort of dance is usually performed.
  • n. A mad or eccentric person.


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  • In part I object to such terminology on the personal grounds that I don't like being called a headbanger for liking grammar schools and moaning about absence of Tory support for NI's grammar schools.

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  • If he grew up in your small town he would be known as headbanger, but John Martyn was more that that he was a gift of one.

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  • The "headbanger" arrived in a police van and wasted little time in earning his nickname.

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  • It came moments before she managed the impressive 'headbanger' spin just five weeks into the contest, a move dreaded by even professional skaters.

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  • The former Emmerdale star revealed that she was terrified about the "headbanger", which involves her partner Daniel Whiston swinging her up and down from her ankles.

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  • You drive around in a hot rod with flame decals and fight off enemies with your guitar tricks and recruit as your soldiers "headbanger" miners who crack rocks with their own heads.


  • "headbanger" who has played with numerous bands including the Finnish power metal group

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  • ((Auman)) is the latest group worth hearing in the local headbanger scene.

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  • In defiance of local mores, he listened to KISS and Metallica "I was a total headbanger" or sat in theaters watching "Friday the 13th" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

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  • This is the kind of incident that could only happen at Thistle – it was at around the same time that midfielder and headbanger Chic Charnley was "approached" by a gent wielding a samurai sword during training.

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  • headbanger is not legal to play in scrabbble but headbanging is

    October 23, 2012

  • I can't figure out why it doesn't cite any references or sources!

    October 17, 2007

  • Ha! It "is not uncommon for some to receive headaches from headbanging."

    October 17, 2007

  • Can it be more annoying that the Wikipedia Entry for fish stamps?

    October 17, 2007

  • The Wikipedia entry on headbanging is absolutely hilarious. It lists 18 headbanging styles ("the bjorkman"), which can be combined with seven different "stances".

    October 17, 2007