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numbskull

or num·skull

[ nuhm-skuhl ]
/ ˈnʌmˌskʌl /
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noun
a dull-witted or stupid person; dolt.
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Origin of numbskull

First recorded in 1690–1700 as numpscull; current spelling first recorded in a letter by Jonathan Swift; numb + skull

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British Dictionary definitions for numbskull

numbskull

numskull

/ (ˈnʌmˌskʌl) /

noun
a stupid person; dolt; blockhead

Word Origin for numbskull

C18: from numb + skull
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