noun Slang.

a simpleton; fool.

Origin of saphead

First recorded in 1790–1800; sap1 + head Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for saphead

Historical Examples of saphead

  • He doesn't fancy Captain Billy Morgan, thinks him rather a saphead.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • The latter called their enemies "muckers," and these retorted with the term "saphead."

    The Blue Dragon

    Kirk Munroe

  • I bet I know what that saphead of an editor had to say without reading his letter.

  • She wasn't a saphead herself, but there might be some about.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell

  • A feller that kin kick like that didn't orter be called Sapwood nor Saphead nor Sapanything.

    Two Little Savages

    Ernest Thompson Seton

British Dictionary definitions for saphead




slang a simpleton, idiot, or fool
Derived Formssapheaded, adjective




military the end of a sap nearest to the enemy
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