- a slow or dim-witted person; dunce.
Origin of pumpkin head
An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for pumpkinhead
What sort of a Magic Powder was it, that made your friend the Pumpkinhead live?The Road to Oz
L. Frank Baum
Then he called out to the Pumpkinhead: "are you all right, Jack?"
"I believe I must be color-blind," said the Pumpkinhead, after staring about him.
"But we also are in danger," said the Pumpkinhead, anxiously.
"I beg you to be more careful in your speech," said the Pumpkinhead, sharply.