block·​head ˈbläk-ˌhed How to pronounce blockhead (audio)
: a stupid person

Examples of blockhead in a Sentence

Don't be such a blockhead! only a real blockhead would think that she had literally said it a million times
Recent Examples on the Web Burn After Reading delivers Brad Pitt in rare form: a bumbling blockhead who loves berry blast smoothies and sports an iPod strapped to his arm. Derek Scancarelli,, 18 Dec. 2023 My annual Worst Biopharma CEO list is typically populated with blockheads and scoundrels. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 19 Dec. 2023 Instead, it should be interpreted as a sign that Tuberville is a blockhead. Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 And now this blockhead wants to tell her what’s funner? Annalee Newitz, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2023 Maybe Dorsey is a blockhead in more than just title. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, 30 Mar. 2023 Apparently, AppleTV+ is no blockhead. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 18 Nov. 2020 It was coined in the 16th century, around the same time and along the same lines as blockhead. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Feb. 2023 Breen’s partner, the strongwoman Lynne, also came out in an apron and workout clothes, as did Hexli, the belly dancer, and Moore, the human blockhead. David Hill, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1532, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blockhead was in 1532

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“Blockhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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block·​head -ˌhed How to pronounce blockhead (audio)
: a stupid person

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