dummkopf

[doo m-kawf, -kawpf, duhm-]

noun

a stupid person; dumbbell; blockhead.

Origin of dummkopf

1800–10, Americanism; < German, equivalent to dumm dumb + Kopf head
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Examples from the Web for dummkopf

Historical Examples of dummkopf

  • Didn't you feel their stun guns, Dummkopf, when they sprung the trap—too soon, Gott sei Dank?

    The Big Time

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • She hesitated and he yelled out, "Dummkopf" and then turned to me and smiled.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • We stay here—ja—because this Dummkopf has the controls gebrochen!

    Brood of the Dark Moon

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • The waiter did not know what it was and the irascible Teuton informed him bluntly that he was a Dummkopf.

    Villa Elsa

    Stuart Henry



Word Origin and History for dummkopf
n.

1809 (dom cop), from German dummkopf, literally "dumb head;" see dumb (adj.) + cup (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper