[ sap-hed ]
See synonyms for saphead on
  1. a simpleton; fool.

Origin of saphead

First recorded in 1790–1800; sap1 + head

Words Nearby saphead Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use saphead in a sentence

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

    Two Little Savages | Ernest Thompson Seton
  • 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.

  • He's older and he goes with the swiftest bunch in town, and, like a regular saphead, I was flattered.

    The Fifth Ace | Douglas Grant
  • He doesn't fancy Captain Billy Morgan, thinks him rather a saphead.

    Janet of the Dunes | Harriet T. Comstock

British Dictionary definitions for saphead (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsæpˌhɛd) /

  1. slang a simpleton, idiot, or fool

Derived forms of saphead

  • sapheaded, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for saphead (2 of 2)


/ (ˈsæpˌhɛd) /

  1. military the end of a sap nearest to the enemy

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