dunderhead

  • 1 Dunderhead — Dun der*head , n. [Prov. Eng. also dunderpoll, from dunder, same as thunder.] A dunce; a numskull; a blockhead. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 dunderhead — 1620s; the first element is obscure; perhaps from M.Du. doner, donder to thunder (Cf. BLUNDERBUSS (Cf. blunderbuss)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 dunderhead — ► NOUN informal ▪ a stupid person. DERIVATIVES dunderheaded adjective. ORIGIN perhaps from obsolete Scots dunder, dunner «resounding noise» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 dunderhead — [dun′dər hed΄] n. [< Du donder, thunder, assoc. by rhyme with BLUNDER (see BLUNDERBUSS) + HEAD] a stupid person; dunce dunderheaded adj …

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  • 5 dunderhead — UK [ˈdʌndə(r)ˌhed] / US [ˈdʌndərˌhed] noun [countable] Word forms dunderhead : singular dunderhead plural dunderheads informal a stupid person …

    English dictionary

  • 6 dunderhead — noun Etymology: perhaps from Dutch donder thunder + English head; akin to Old High German thonar thunder more at thunder Date: circa 1625 dunce, blockhead • dunderheaded adjective …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 7 dunderhead — dunderheaded, adj. dunderheadedness, n. /dun deuhr hed /, n. a dunce; blockhead; numbskull. Also called dunderpate /dun deuhr payt /. [1615 25; appar. < D dunder(kop) numbskull (dunder THUNDER + kop head) + HEAD] * * * …

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  • 8 dunderhead — noun A stupid person; a dunce …

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  • 9 dunderhead — Synonyms and related words: addlebrain, addlehead, addlepate, beefhead, blockhead, blubberhead, blunderhead, bonehead, bufflehead, cabbagehead, chowderhead, chucklehead, clodhead, clodpate, clodpoll, dolthead, dope, dullhead, dumbhead, dunderpate …

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  • 10 dunderhead — dun|der|head [ˈdʌndəhed US ər ] n old fashioned [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Perhaps from Dutch donder thunder + English head] someone who is stupid …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 dunderhead — dun|der|head [ dʌndər,hed ] noun count INFORMAL a stupid person …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 dunderhead — dun·der·head || dÊŒndÉ™hed n. stupid person, dunce …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 13 dunderhead — noun informal a stupid person. Derivatives dunderheaded adjective Origin C17: cf. obs. Scots dunder, dunner resounding noise ; related to din …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 14 dunderhead — n.; (also dunderpate) Simpleton. See dunce …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 15 dunderhead — noun (C) old fashioned someone who is stupid …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 dunderhead — dun·der·head …

    English syllables

  • 17 dunderhead — dun•der•head [[t]ˈdʌn dərˌhɛd[/t]] n. a dunce; blockhead; numbskull. Also called dun•der•pate [[t]ˈdʌn dərˌpeɪt[/t]] • Etymology: 1615–25; appar. < D dunder(kop) numbskull (dunder thunder+kop head) +head dun′der•head ed, adj. dun′der•head… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 dunderhead — /ˈdʌndəhɛd/ (say dunduhhed) noun a dunce; blockhead. Also, dunderpate /ˈdʌndəpeɪt/ (say dunduhpayt). {compare Dutch dunder(kop) numbskull, from dunder thunder + kop head} –dunderheaded, adjective …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 dunderhead — n. a stupid person. Derivatives: dunderheaded adj. Etymology: 17th c.: perh. rel. to dial. dunner resounding noise …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 dunderheaded — dunderhead ► NOUN informal ▪ a stupid person. DERIVATIVES dunderheaded adjective. ORIGIN perhaps from obsolete Scots dunder, dunner «resounding noise» …

    English terms dictionary


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