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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
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Examples from the Web for soft-headed
Historical Examples
  • The soft-headed, eight foot spears of the tilting-match are used.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • He felt no mercy in his soft heart for the soft-headed Teed.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • If he ever had anything to do with her let him be called a soft-headed fool!

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • Some soft-headed fool had granted their kind the rights of Commonwealth citizenship.

    The Weakling Everett B. Cole
  • Her father's the poorest tenant I ever had, soft-headed, London vermin!

    The Dark Tower Phyllis Bottome
  • It is the same way with soft-headed people who cannot enjoy the real world.

    The Crow's Nest Clarence Day, Jr.
  • They have long been a favorite home for our soft-headed friends.

    The Crow's Nest Clarence Day, Jr.
  • 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!

  • Howsomdever, Morris is just soft-headed fool enough to like it, and think it all fine fun.

  • The Nilghai said something uncomplimentary about soft-headed fools who throw away their careers for other fools.

British Dictionary definitions for soft-headed


(informal) feeble-minded; stupid; simple
Derived Forms
soft-headedness, noun
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