woodenhead

[ wood-n-hed ]
/ ˈwʊd nˌhɛd /

noun Informal.

a stupid person; blockhead.

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Origin of woodenhead

First recorded in 1825–35; wooden + head
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Example sentences from the Web for woodenhead

  • I'm a woodenhead, friend Parks; a plumb, dum old woodenhead!

    The Wooing of Calvin Parks|Laura E. Richards
  • There's your Mr. Northcote, and there's that Copperhead—Woodenhead, we call him in the nursery.

    Phoebe, Junior|Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • Being a woodenhead he forgot about his father and did not go away as he had intended to do.

British Dictionary definitions for woodenhead

woodenhead
/ (ˈwʊdənˌhɛd) /

noun

informal a dull, foolish, or unintelligent person

Derived forms of woodenhead

woodenheaded, adjectivewoodenheadedness, noun
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