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pumpkin head

noun
  1. a slow or dim-witted person; dunce.
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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 pumpkinhead

Historical Examples of pumpkinhead

  • What sort of a Magic Powder was it, that made your friend the Pumpkinhead live?

    The Road to Oz

    L. Frank Baum

  • "Your Majesty forgets that I cannot understand you," replied the Pumpkinhead.

  • 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.