pumpkin head



a slow or dim-witted person; dunce.

Origin of pumpkin head

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
Related formspump·kin-head·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pumpkin head

Historical Examples of pumpkin head

  • And his father was before him, and Gigetto will be after him, with his pumpkin-head.

  • Ah, pumpkin-head, why did you not think to make all that profit?

    The Purple Land

    W. H. Hudson

  • Somebody has been told that somebody else heard some other pumpkin-head say so.

    A Siren

    Thomas Adolphus Trollope

  • Jack was wearing a newly made Pumpkin-head and the Scarecrow had recently been stuffed with fresh straw.

    Glinda of Oz

    L. Frank Baum

  • Pumpkin-head would have burst, if I'd let out I didn't know what part of the jolly old world my governor used to run.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2

    Compton Mackenzie