Slang. a stupid person; fool.

Origin of fathead

First recorded in 1830–40; fat + head
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Examples from the Web for fathead

Historical Examples of fathead

  • And what do you suppose this fathead has the front to spring on me?

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • And he was on to me again about it when we came back, and called me a fathead, he did.

    Press Cuttings

    George Bernard Shaw

  • 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

  • Think of what every fathead princeling and beer-swilling ritter from here to Basel would say!

    Joan of the Sword Hand

    S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett

  • Sure enough, Nimms had it stowed away; and the fathead hadn't said a word about it before.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

British Dictionary definitions for fathead



informal a stupid person; fool
Derived Formsfatheaded, adjective
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