bonehead

[ bohn-hed ]
/ ˈboʊnˌhɛd /
Slang.

noun

a foolish or stupid person; blockhead.

adjective

being of, by, or for a stupid or unthinking person: a bonehead mistake.

Nearby words

  1. bone-dry,
  2. bone-marrow transplant,
  3. boneblack,
  4. boned,
  5. bonefish,
  6. bonelet,
  7. boner,
  8. bones,
  9. bones of digits,
  10. boneset

Origin of bonehead

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; bone + head

Related formsbone·head·ed, adjectivebone·head·ed·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for bonehead

bonehead

/ (ˈbəʊnˌhɛd) /

noun

slang a stupid or obstinate person
Derived Formsboneheaded, adjective

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Word Origin and History for bonehead

bonehead

n.

"stupid person," 1908, from bone (n.) + head (n.). Cf. blockhead, meathead.

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