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[skwair-hed] /ˈskwɛərˌhɛd/
noun, Slang.
a stupid person.
Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a German or Dutch person.
  2. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Scandinavian, especially a Swede.
Origin of squarehead
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10; square + head Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There's the squarehead so rejuced he even offers to wash me tin plate for me.

    The Flying Bo'sun

    Arthur Mason
  • That lady is a graduate of Vasser College, an the one shes in with is a squarehead.

  • The second sailor was a squarehead and rushed his antagonist.

    Uncle Sam Detective William Atherton Du Puy
  • After a couple of weeks of it, Olaf, a squarehead sailor, got an idea.

    The Red One Jack London
  • Let's borrow a blanket or two from The squarehead an' curl up on deck.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • Old Neils, "the squarehead" deckhand of the green-pea trade!

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • Me an' The squarehead legs it together an' takes our chances.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • Her master was a squarehead who would do anything for money, and we made a charter to China worth his while.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • We stayed in the house to keep track of the inmates, while the squarehead led one of them off to find a kokua.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • Here The squarehead, who had been enjoying the unique situation immensely, decided to take a hand.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
Slang definitions & phrases for squarehead



A Scandinavian or person of Scandinavian descent; Scandahoovian (1903+)

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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