numbskull

[nuhm-skuhl]

noun


Nearby words

  1. numbingly,
  2. numbles,
  3. numbly,
  4. numbness,
  5. numbnuts,
  6. numdah,
  7. numen,
  8. numerable,
  9. numeracy,
  10. numeraire

numskull

or numb·skull

[nuhm-skuhl]

noun

a dull-witted or stupid person; dolt.

Origin of numskull

First recorded in 1710–20; num(b) + skull

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British Dictionary definitions for numbskull

numbskull

numskull

noun

a stupid person; dolt; blockhead

Word Origin for numbskull

C18: from numb + skull

numskull

noun

a variant spelling of numbskull
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Word Origin and History for numbskull

numbskull

n.

1717, numskull, from num, old spelling of numb (adj.) + skull. Numskulled (adj.) is attested from 1706.

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