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lummox

[luhm-uh ks]
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noun Informal.
  1. a clumsy, stupid person.
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Origin of lummox

1815–25; compare dial. (Midlands) lommock large chunk of food, lommocking clumsy, awkward; ulterior origin uncertain
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  • The lummox rose to her feet with a broad grin and permitted herself to be taken out.

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British Dictionary definitions for lummox

lummox

noun
  1. informal a clumsy or stupid person
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Word Origin

C19: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for lummox

n.

1825, East Anglian slang, perhaps from dumb ox, influenced by lumbering; or from E. Anglian dialectal form of verb lummock "move heavily or clumsily," of uncertain origin.

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