Chieftain vs Headling - What's the difference?

chieftain | headling |


As nouns the difference between chieftain and headling

is that chieftain is a leader of a clan or tribe while headling is (obsolete) an equal; a fellow; mate.

As an adverb headling is

headlong; precipitately.

chieftain

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A leader of a clan or tribe.
  • A leader of a group, e.g. a robbers' chieftain.
  • Synonyms

    * (A very powerful person) chief, big gun, big shot, big wheel, bigwig, boss, employer, foreman, head, heid bummer, leader, mandarin, manager, mover and shaker, top banana, top dog, tycoon

    headling

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) hedling, hevedling, from (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) An equal; a fellow; mate.
  • (obsolete) A chieftain.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) hedling, heedling, .

    Alternative forms

    * (l)

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • Headlong; precipitately.