a stupid person; blockhead.
Also called whistler. any of several Old World birds of the genus Pachycephala, chiefly of various islands in the Pacific Ocean, related to the flycatchers, and having a melodious whistling call.

Origin of thickhead

First recorded in 1830–40; thick + head Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thickhead

Historical Examples of thickhead

  • Often I got angry and, shutting the book with a bang, told him that he was a thickhead.

    Nobody's Boy

    Hector Malot

  • Theres some hope for a thickhead, but there isnt any for you.

  • I don't like you to look upon your father as a thickhead who couldn't be expected to succeed.

    New Grub Street

    George Gissing

  • Out on me for a thickhead for not linking thee with that bold feat before.

  • Whether the last line gives the reason why Thickhead visited Heidelberg does not appear.

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann

British Dictionary definitions for thickhead



a stupid or ignorant person; fool
Also called: whistler any of various Australian and SE Asian songbirds of the family Muscicapidae (flycatchers, etc)
Derived Formsthickheaded, adjectivethickheadedness, noun
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