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dummkopf

[doo m-kawf, -kawpf, duhm-]
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noun
  1. a stupid person; dumbbell; blockhead.

Origin of dummkopf

1800–10, Americanism; < German, equivalent to dumm dumb + Kopf head
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Examples from the Web for dummkopf

Historical Examples

  • She hesitated and he yelled out, "Dummkopf" and then turned to me and smiled.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • We stay here—ja—because this Dummkopf has the controls gebrochen!

    Brood of the Dark Moon

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • The waiter did not know what it was and the irascible Teuton informed him bluntly that he was a Dummkopf.

    Villa Elsa

    Stuart Henry

  • Didn't you feel their stun guns, Dummkopf, when they sprung the trap—too soon, Gott sei Dank?

    The Big Time

    Fritz Reuter Leiber


Word Origin and History for dummkopf

n.

1809 (dom cop), from German dummkopf, literally "dumb head;" see dumb (adj.) + cup (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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