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dunderhead

[duhn-der-hed] /ˈdʌn dərˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a dunce; blockhead; numbskull.
Also called dunderpate
[duhn-der-peyt] /ˈdʌn dərˌpeɪt/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; apparently < Dutch dunder(kop) numbskull (dunder thunder + kop head) + head
Related forms
dunderheaded, adjective
dunderheadedness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dunderpate

dunderhead

/ˈdʌndəˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a stupid or slow-witted person; dunce Also called dunderpate
Derived Forms
dunderheaded, adjective
dunderheadedness, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from Dutch donder thunder + head; compare blockhead
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Word Origin and History for dunderpate

dunderhead

n.

1620s, from head (n.); the first element is obscure; perhaps from Middle Dutch doner, donder "to thunder" (cf. blunderbuss).

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