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knucklehead

[ nuhk-uh l-hed ]
/ ˈnʌk əlˌhɛd /
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noun Informal.

a stupid, bumbling, inept person.

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bonehead, fool, screwball, jackass, dunce, oaf, idiot, ninny, bust, tomfool, simpleton, noodle, chump, moron, nincompoop, numskull, dolt, ass, donkey, twit

Nearby words

knuckle-duster, knuckleball, knuckleballer, knucklebone, knucklebones, knucklehead, knuckly, knudsen, knulling, knur, knurl

Origin of knucklehead

First recorded in 1940–45; knuckle + head
Related formsknuck·le·head·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for knucklehead

  • To cops, Greene appears to be living proof that going to Harvard does not necessarily make you any less a knucklehead.

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  • As a hiker, I thought Strayed was a knucklehead—but a likable one.

British Dictionary definitions for knucklehead

knucklehead

/ (ˈnʌkəlˌhɛd) /

noun

informal fool; idiot
Derived Formsknuckleheaded, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for knucklehead

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