a foolish or stupid person; blockhead.


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

Origin of bonehead

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; bone + head
Related formsbone·head·ed, adjectivebone·head·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bonehead

fool, clod, dunce, imbecile, blockhead, nitwit, moron, nincompoop

Examples from the Web for bonehead

Historical Examples of bonehead

  • There's no harm will come of it, but only good, if I'm not a bonehead from Bonetown.

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame

    Laura E. Richards

  • And to think that he chose this moment to pull that bonehead play!

  • Don't pull any bonehead plays that'll get these people down on you.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel

  • He is not necessarily a "bonehead," but this phrase, like "fathead," is no accident.

    How to Analyze People on Sight

    Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict

  • Scotty, under his breath, began heaping curses on himself as a bonehead, and tried to take it out on the wrench he was using.

British Dictionary definitions for bonehead



slang a stupid or obstinate person
Derived Formsboneheaded, adjective
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Word Origin and History for bonehead

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper