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noun Slang.
  1. a dull or stupid person; blockhead.
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Origin of lunkhead

1850–55, Americanism; lunk (perhaps blend of lump1 and hunk) + head
Also called lunk [luhngk] /lʌŋk/.
Related formslunk·head·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lunk


  1. an awkward, heavy, or stupid person
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Word Origin and History for lunk


"slow-witted person," 1867, American English colloquial, shortened from lunkhead (1852), possibly an altered form of lump (n.) + head (n.)

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