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[pin-hed] /ˈpɪnˌhɛd/
the head of a pin.
something very small or insignificant.
Slang. a stupid person; nitwit.
Origin of pinhead
1655-65; pin + head Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pinhead
  • Bacteria may be microscopic-three million can fit onto a pinhead-but they are not invisible.
  • But this seems to me to angelic pinhead density arguments about whether it's a payment to do something or not to do something.
  • But instead of addressing these issues, the article argues about the best way to count angels on a pinhead.
  • Never mind how many angels on a pinhead, count how many pinheads.
  • He uses hand-made copper wheels, the finest of which is only the size of a pinhead, to decorate a piece.
  • Don't get me wrong--Imus is a pinhead and should be fired for these remarks.
  • These are pinhead-sized red spots from which tiny blood vessels radiate.
  • Fibroids can range in size from as small as a pinhead to larger than a melon.
  • What they know about dogs could be inscribed on a pinhead, with room left over for the swill that inhabits their brains and taste.
  • The size of a lymph node varies generally from that of a pinhead to a bean.
British Dictionary definitions for pinhead


the head of a pin
something very small
(informal) a stupid or contemptible person
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Word Origin and History for pinhead

also pin-head, "head of a pin," 1660s, from pin (n.) + head (n.). Meaning "person of small intelligence" is from 1896.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pinhead



A stupid person (1896+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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