dunderhead

dunderhead

[duhn-der-hed]
noun
a dunce; blockhead; numbskull.
Also called dunderpate [duhn-der-peyt] .


Origin:
1615–25; apparently < Dutch dunder(kop) numbskull (dunder thunder + kop head) + head

dunderheaded, adjective
dunderheadedness, noun
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dunderhead (ˈdʌndəˌhɛd)
 
n
Also called: dunderpate a stupid or slow-witted person; dunce
 
[C17: probably from Dutch donder thunder + head; compare blockhead]
 
'dunderheaded
 
adj
 
'dunderheadedness
 
n

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dunderhead
1625, the first element is obscure.
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