Translation of "head" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /hed/ us /hed/

A1 the part of your body that contains your brain, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, etc.

He fell and hit his head on the table.

B1 your mind

I kept hearing that song in my head.
All these thoughts were going round in my head.

B1 the person who is in charge of an organization

director, -ora
Her father is the head of an oil company.

A2 UK also headteacher the person in charge of a school

director, -ora

[ no plural ] the front or top part of something

Who is that at the head of the table?
use your head!

used to tell someone in a slightly angry way that they should think more carefully about what they are doing

¡usa la cabeza!
Why didn’t you use your head and cover the furniture before you started painting?
come to a head

If a problem comes to a head, it becomes very bad.

llegar a un punto crítico
go over someone’s head

to be too difficult for someone to understand

resultarle a alguien difícil de comprender
All this talk about philosophy went right over my head.
laugh, shout, scream, etc. your head off

to laugh, shout, scream, etc. very much and very loudly

reír a carcajadas, gritar a pleno pulmón, etc.
have your head screwed on the right way

to be practical and wise

tener la cabeza sobre los hombros
Ask Lois to help – she’s got her head screwed on the right way.
be head and shoulders above someone/something

to be a lot better than someone or something

ser mucho mejor que alguien/algo
There’s no competition – they’re head and shoulders above the rest.
verb uk /hed/ us /hed/

to move in a particular direction

I was heading towards the park.
I think we should head home now, before it gets too dark.

to be in charge of a group, organization, etc.

dirigir, encabezar
She heads the country’s leading travel company.

(Translation of “head” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /hed/

the top part of the human body, containing the eyes, mouth, brain etc; the same part of an animal’s body

The stone hit him on the head
He scratched his head in amazement.

a person’s mind

cabeza, mente
An idea came into my head last night.

the height or length of a head

The horse won by a head.

the chief or most important person (of an organization, country etc)

cabeza, jefe
Kings and presidents are heads of state
(also adjective) a head waiter
the head office.

anything that is like a head in shape or position

the head of a pin
The boy knocked the heads off the flowers.

the place where a river, lake etc begins

fuente, nacimiento
the head of the Nile.

the top, or the top part, of anything

cabecera, principio
Write your address at the head of the paper
the head of the table.

the front part

a la cabeza de, al frente de
He walked at the head of the procession.

a particular ability or tolerance

madera; cabeza
He has no head for heights
She has a good head for figures.

a headmaster or headmistress

director; directora
You’d better ask the Head.

(for) one person

por cabeza
This dinner costs $10 a head.

a headland

cabo, punta
Beachy Head.

the foam on the top of a glass of beer etc.


having (a certain number or type of) head(s)

de cabeza…
a two-headed monster
a bald-headed man.
header noun

(in football) the act of hitting the ball with the head

He scored with a great header.

a fall or dive forwards

salto/caída de cabeza
He slipped and took a header into the mud.
heading noun

what is written at the top of a page etc

encabezamiento, título
All headings in the document must be printed in bold
The teacher said that essays must have a proper heading.
heads noun, adverb

(on) the side of a coin with the head of a king, president etc on it

He tossed the penny and it came down heads.
headache noun

(medical) a pain in the head

dolor de cabeza
Bright lights give me a splitting headache.

something worrying

quebradero de cabeza
Lack of money is a real headache.
headband noun

a strip of material worn round the head to keep one’s hair off one’s face.

headdress noun

something, usually ornamental, which is worn on, and covers, the head

The tribesmen were wearing headdresses of fur and feathers.
headfirst adverb

with one’s head in front or bent forward

de cabeza
He fell headfirst into a pool of water.
headgear noun

anything that is worn on the head

tocado; sombrero; gorro; casco
hats, caps, helmets, and other types of headgear.
headlamp noun

a headlight.

faro, foco
headland noun

a point of land which sticks out into the sea

cabo, punta, promontorio
They sailed around the headland.
headlight noun

a powerful light at or on the front of a car, lorry/truck, train, ship, aeroplane/airplane etc

faro, foco
As it was getting dark, the driver switched on his headlights.
headline noun

the words written in large letters at the top of newspaper articles

I never read a paper in detail – I just glance at the headlines.
headlines noun plural

a brief statement of the most important items of news, on television or radio

the news headlines.
headlong adjective, adverb

moving forwards or downwards, with one’s head in front

de cabeza
a headlong dive into the pool of water
He fell headlong into a pool of water.

(done) without thought or delay, often foolishly

de cabeza, precipitado
a headlong rush
He is rushing headlong into disaster.
head louse noun (plural head lice)

a type of louse that infests the human head.

headmaster noun (feminine headmistress)

the person in charge of a school; principal

director; directora
head-on adverb, adjective

(usually of cars etc ) with the front of one car etc hitting the front of another car etc

frontal, de frente
a head-on collision
The two cars crashed head-on.
headphones noun plural

(also earphones) a pair of electronic instruments held over a person’s ears, by a metal band over the head, which are connected to a radio

a set of headphones.
headquarters noun singular or plural

(often abbreviated to HQ /eitʃˈkjuː/) the place from which the chief officers or leaders of an organization (especially an army) direct and control the activities of that organization

sede/oficina central; cuartel general
During the election, his house was used as the campaign headquarters.
headrest noun

a sort of small cushion which supports a person’s head, eg as fitted to a dentist’s chair, a car seat.

cabecero, cabezal
headscarf noun ( headsquare)

a usually square scarf worn by women over or round the head

a silk headscarf.
headstone noun

a stone put at a grave, usually with the name of the dead person on it, the date of his birth and death etc.

lápida mortuoria
headstrong adjective

(of people) difficult to persuade or control; always doing or wanting to do what they themselves want

testarudo, cabeza dura, terco
a headstrong, obstinate child.
headwind noun

a wind which is blowing towards one

viento de frente
The riders are cycling against a strong headwind.
above someone’s head

too difficult (for someone) to understand

por encima de la capacidad intelectual de alguien, demasiado difícil para alguien, incomprensible para alguien
His lecture was well above their heads.
go to someone’s head

(of alcohol) to make someone slightly drunk

subir a la cabeza
Champagne always goes to my head.

(of praise, success etc ) to make someone arrogant, foolish etc

subir a la cabeza
Don’t let success go to your head.
head off phrasal verb

to make (a person, animal etc) change direction

One group of the soldiers rode across the valley to head the bandits off.

to go in some direction

dirigirse a
He headed off towards the river.
head over heels


perdidamente, locamente
He fell head over heels in love.

turning over completely; headfirst

patas arriba
He fell head over heels into a pond.
heads or tails?

used when tossing a coin, eg to decide which of two people does, gets etc something

cara o cruz
Heads or tails? Heads you do the dishes, tails I do them.
keep one’s head

to remain calm and sensible in a crisis etc

mantener la cabeza fría, mantener la calma
She did well to keep her head in such a stressful situation.
lose one’s head

to become angry or excited, or to act foolishly in a crisis

perder la cabeza
He lost his head and started shouting at people.
make head or tail of

to understand

encontrar pies y cabeza
I can’t make head or tail of these instructions.
make headway

to make progress

avanzar, progresar
We’re not making much headway with this new scheme.
off one’s head


estar fuera de sí, estar loco
You must be off your head to work for nothing.

(Translation of “head” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)