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Origin of blockhead

First recorded in 1540–50; block + head
Related formsblock·head·ed, adjectiveblock·head·ed·ly, adverbblock·head·ed·ness, nounblock·head·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for blockhead


  1. derogatory a stupid person
Derived Formsblockheaded, adjectiveblockheadedly, adverbblockheadedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for blockhead

also block-head, "stupid person," 1540s (implied in blockheaded), from block (n.) + head (n.); probably originally an image of the head-shaped oaken block used by hat-makers, though the insulting sense is the older one.

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