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dunderhead

[ duhn-der-hed ]
/ ˈdʌn dərˌhɛd /
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noun

a dunce; blockhead; numbskull.

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Also called dun·der·pate [duhn-der-peyt]. /ˈdʌn dərˌpeɪt/.

Origin of dunderhead

1615–25; apparently <Dutch dunder(kop) numbskull (dunderthunder + kop head) + head

OTHER WORDS FROM dunderhead

dun·der·head·ed, adjectivedun·der·head·ed·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dunderhead

dunderhead
/ (ˈdʌndəˌhɛd) /

noun

a stupid or slow-witted person; dunceAlso called: dunderpate

Derived forms of dunderhead

dunderheaded, adjectivedunderheadedness, noun

Word Origin for dunderhead

C17: probably from Dutch donder thunder + head; compare blockhead
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