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[sawft-hed-id, soft-] /ˈsɔftˈhɛd ɪd, ˈsɒft-/
foolish; stupid.
Origin of soft-headed
First recorded in 1660-70
Related forms
softhead, noun
soft-headedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If he isn't quite so bright, they call him soft-headed; if he won't be coaxed nor turned, they call him pig-headed.

    The William Henry Letters Abby Morton Diaz
  • He felt no mercy in his soft heart for the soft-headed Teed.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • The soft-headed, eight foot spears of the tilting-match are used.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Some soft-headed fool had granted their kind the rights of Commonwealth citizenship.

    The Weakling Everett B. Cole
  • Well, guess different next time; for he's out there waitin' for me—the soft-headed Dutchman!

    Wide Courses James Brendan Connolly
  • I'm going to hunt up three soft-headed old maids and learn to kiss their hands and tell 'em I have nobody but them and God!

  • He ain't old an' the soft-headed kind last longer than keener folks: it would fit int' your ways right proper.

    Janet of the Dunes Harriet T. Comstock
  • Howsomdever, Morris is just soft-headed fool enough to like it, and think it all fine fun.

  • He lay on the floor, said he, and yelled for fatted calf; but there was no soft-headed parent to supply it.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • There were actually tears in the bold woman's eyes, as the soft-headed and soft-hearted girl twined her arms about her neck.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for soft-headed


(informal) feeble-minded; stupid; simple
Derived Forms
soft-headedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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