1. Growing or grown into a head.
2. Having a head or heading.
3. Having a specified kind or number of heads. Often used in combination: a flat-headed screw; three-headed Cerberus.
4. Having a mentality of a certain type. Often used in combination: soft-headed politicians; a cool-headed fighter pilot.
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