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[bohn-hed] /ˈboʊnˌhɛd/ Slang.
a foolish or stupid person; blockhead.
being of, by, or for a stupid or unthinking person:
a bonehead mistake.
Origin of bonehead
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10; bone + head
Related forms
boneheaded, adjective
boneheadedness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bonehead
Historical Examples
  • There's no harm will come of it, but only good, if I'm not a bonehead from Bonetown.

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
  • And to think that he chose this moment to pull that bonehead play!

  • Don't pull any bonehead plays that'll get these people down on you.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • He is not necessarily a "bonehead," but this phrase, like "fathead," is no accident.

    How to Analyze People on Sight

    Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
  • Scotty, under his breath, began heaping curses on himself as a bonehead, and tried to take it out on the wrench he was using.

    Fighting Byng

    A. Stone
  • “Made it soaking wet, bonehead,” came the sleepy reply, and Tom vanished.

  • Her slender stock of money which she had in her purse on leaving Mr. bonehead's office was almost consumed.

  • He drew it aside, and there stepped forth Mr. bonehead, the old lawyer who had cast Winnifred upon the world.

  • "Plenty of bonehead plays in those days as well as now," murmured Tom.

  • If you weren't such a bonehead for doing what you start out to do, we could do something interesting.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
British Dictionary definitions for bonehead


(slang) a stupid or obstinate person
Derived Forms
boneheaded, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bonehead

"stupid person," 1908, from bone (n.) + head (n.). Cf. blockhead, meathead.

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



: I should have been in bonehead English


A stupid person: four sons, all bone-heads

Related Terms

pull a boner

[1900s+; fr the notion of the head being all bone,no brain]

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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