Sapskull
Sapskull Sap"skull`, n. A saphead. [Low] [1913 Webster]

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  • sapskull — …   Useful english dictionary

  • sap — English has three distinct words sap. The oldest, ‘plant juice’ [OE], goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *sappam, which also produced German saft ‘juice’. This in turn was a descendant of Indo European *sapon , from which came Latin sapa ‘new… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • sap — {{11}}sap (n.1) liquid in a plant, O.E. sæp, from P.Gmc. *sapom (Cf. M.L.G., M.Du., Du. sap, O.H.G. saf, Ger. Saft juice ), from PIE *sapon (Cf. L. sapere to taste ), from root *sab juice, fluid (Cf. Skt …   Etymology dictionary

  • sap — n American 1. a fool, simpleton or dupe. Originally a British term, the word is now more often heard in the USA. It was in origin a short ening of the word sapskull , meaning wooden head, dating from the late 17th century. In the 19th century… …   Contemporary slang

  • sap — sap1 noun 1》 the fluid, chiefly water with dissolved sugars and mineral salts, circulating in the vascular system of a plant. 2》 vigour or energy. verb (saps, sapping, sapped) gradually weaken (a person s strength or power). ↘(sap someone of)… …   English new terms dictionary

  • sap — English has three distinct words sap. The oldest, ‘plant juice’ [OE], goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *sappam, which also produced German saft ‘juice’. This in turn was a descendant of Indo European *sapon , from which came Latin sapa ‘new… …   Word origins

  • sap —    An abbreviated form of earlier terms such as ‘saphead’, ‘sapskull’, or ‘sap pate’, all of which meant having a head made of sapwood. The term is therefore similar to ‘block head’, and means a fool, or simpleton. ‘You sap’ is used by an… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • sap — 1. n. & v. n. 1 the vital juice circulating in plants. 2 vigour; vitality. 3 = SAPWOOD. 4 US sl. a bludgeon (orig. one made from a sapling). v.tr. (sapped, sapping) 1 drain or dry (wood) of sap. 2 exhaust the vigour of (my energy had been sapped… …   Useful english dictionary

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