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numbskull

[nuhm-skuhl] /ˈnʌmˌskʌl/
noun
1.

numskull

or numbskull

[nuhm-skuhl] /ˈnʌmˌskʌl/
noun
1.
a dull-witted or stupid person; dolt.
Origin of numskull
1710-1720
1710-20; num(b) + skull
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Examples from the Web for numbskull
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  • Half awake again, I had a cursing spree, calling myself fifty kinds of a numbskull.

    Stamped Caution Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • E 'as more happetite than gumption, and swallers anythink that comes 'andy, like the jolt-'ed or numbskull that 'e is. '

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • I broke my hip when we lived in Steelville, and the doctor was a numbskull.

    A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
  • You 've put over your fake; you 've had your laugh; you 've framed it so I 'll be the butt of every numbskull in Ohadi.

    The Cross-Cut Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • “What a numbskull I was to throw it there and not tell anyone about it,” he thought to himself.

    The Firebug Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for numbskull

numbskull

/ˈnʌmˌskʌl/
noun
1.
a stupid person; dolt; blockhead
Word Origin
C18: from numb + skull

numskull

/ˈnʌmˌskʌl/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of numbskull
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Word Origin and History for numbskull
n.

1717, numskull, from num, old spelling of numb (adj.) + skull. Numskulled (adj.) is attested from 1706.

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