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dummkopf

[doo m-kawf, -kawpf, duhm-] /ˈdʊmˌkɔf, -ˌkɔpf, ˈdʌm-/
noun
1.
a stupid person; dumbbell; blockhead.
Origin of dummkopf
1800-1810
1800-10, Americanism; < German, equivalent to dumm dumb + Kopf head
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  • The waiter did not know what it was and the irascible Teuton informed him bluntly that he was a dummkopf.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • We stay here—ja—because this dummkopf has the controls gebrochen!

    Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin
  • Didn't you feel their stun guns, dummkopf, when they sprung the trap—too soon, Gott sei Dank?

    The Big Time Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • She hesitated and he yelled out, "dummkopf" and then turned to me and smiled.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
Word Origin and History for dummkopf
n.

1809 (dom cop), from German dummkopf, literally "dumb head;" see dumb (adj.) + cup (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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