Definitions

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  • n. A wound or injury to the head.

Etymologies

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From Middle English hæfved-wunde, from Old English hēafodwund ("a wound in the head"), equivalent to head +‎ wound. Cognate with Dutch hoofdwond ("injury to the head"), German Hauptwunde ("headwound").

Examples

  • What's wrong with having some mud and tree bark rubbed on your gaping headwound, by medicine men?

    TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

  • When the idea of an attempted assassination by some Westboro Baptist style nutjob is sort of appealing on account of the fact that a healed headwound would be just what you need for them to be sure you were the bona fide Beast of Revelation, well, that's not completely rational, I do confess.

    Get Yer Free Blasphemy Here

  • Perhaps you read the story of David Rosenbaum the late NYT journalist, who was mugged, picked up by the DC squad, taken halfway across the city because the EMT wanted to swing by her apartment and get some Vicodin for her toothache, parked in a very busy ER, forgotten until he started convulsing from his un-noticed headwound?

    Why Not Run Hospitals Like Firehouses?

  • I saw a man in a turban..then again he could have been recovering from a headwound…but you can never be too careful these days.

    Firedoglake » The Miller’s Tale (And Other Legal Wranglings), Part III

  • During a drunken fight, the chief bandit suffered a headwound.

    A Rude Awakening

  • I think he's picked up a headwound that needs a couple of stitches, because he's gone off down the tunnel. 24 min: The camera cuts to Liam Ridgewell, who chooses that exact moment to close one nostril with his thumb and evacuate the contents of the other with a strong puff.

    The Guardian World News

  • The iPhone app instructed him to bandage and tourniquet his leg and staunch bleeding from his headwound.

    Shiny Shiny

  • As for the female, was she confused having crashed the DROPS and sustaining a headwound or from the fact she had a gun to her head?

    Army Rumour Service

  • I had less screen presence than the Invisible Man and the sex appeal of a fatal headwound.

    The Guardian World News

  • a pool of blood from a headwound and a woman was carried off weeping by her friends, but no one died in the conflict.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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