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

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  • 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

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

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

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

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

  • 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] * * * …   Universalium

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

  • 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 …   Moby Thesaurus

  • 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

  • dunderhead — dun|der|head [ dʌndər,hed ] noun count INFORMAL a stupid person …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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