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pumpkin head

a slow or dim-witted person; dunce.
Origin of pumpkin head
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85
Related forms
pumpkin-headed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And many a fine gentleman has a pumpkin head, as well as my scarecrow.

  • Ozma's my parent, you know, because she built my body and carved my pumpkin head.

    The Road to Oz L. Frank Baum
  • What diavolo put into your pumpkin head to give me a sepulchre for a room?

    A Roman Singer F. Marion Crawford
  • Jack, holding tightly to his pumpkin head, was running as fast as his wooden feet and wobbly legs would take him from Dorothy.

    The Royal Book of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • Hugo Montfort is no hobgoblin ghost in a white sheet, with a pumpkin head!

    Three Margarets Laura E. Richards
  • Tip also noticed that Jack's pumpkin head had twisted around until it faced his back; but this was easily remedied.

  • Then he saw old Mombi raise her arm and sprinkle the powder from the box over the pumpkin head of his man Jack.

  • Jack also waded in up to his knees and grasped the tail of the horse so that he might keep his pumpkin head above the water.

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