blockhead

[blok-hed]
noun
1.
a stupid, doltish person; dunce.
2.
Obsolete. a piece of wood in the shape of a head, used as a block for hats or wigs.

Origin:
1540–50; block + head

blockheaded, adjective
blockheadedly, adverb
blockheadedness, noun
blockheadism, noun


1. fool, nitwit, dolt, dullard, ignoramus, booby.
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blockhead (ˈblɒkˌhɛd)
 
n
derogatory a stupid person
 
'blockheaded
 
adj
 
'blockheadedly
 
adv
 
'blockheadedness
 
n

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blockhead
"stupid person," 1540s (implied in blockheaded), from block (n.) + head; probably originally an image of the head-shaped oaken block used by hat-makers, though the insulting sense is the older one.
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blockhead definition


  1. n.
    a stupid person. (See also block.) : Without a blockhead like you to remind me of the perils of stupidity, I might be less efficient than I am.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
While calling the author a blockhead, you don't cite one study or paper to back
  up your claim.
He returns with a scrawny specimen that prompts his cohorts to mock him as a
  blockhead.
He's a blockhead who wants a proof of what he can't perceive.
The deaf old blockhead, he is sure to have mixed up the two.
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