bone·​head | \ ˈbōn-ˌhed \

Definition of bonehead

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a stupid person : numbskull



Definition of bonehead (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a bonehead : performed in a stupid or clumsy manner the shortstop made a bonehead play
2 : being a college course for students lacking fundamental skills teaches bonehead English

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boneheaded \ ˈbōn-​ˈhe-​dəd \ adjective
boneheadedness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bonehead

Synonyms: Noun

airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bubblehead, chowderhead, chucklehead, clodpoll (or clodpole), clot [British], cluck, clunk, cretin, cuddy (or cuddie) [British dialect], deadhead, dim bulb [slang], dimwit, dip, dodo, dolt, donkey, doofus [slang], dope, dork [slang], dullard, dum-dum, dumbbell, dumbhead, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead [chiefly dialect], loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome [archaic], moron, mug [chiefly British], mutt, natural, nimrod [slang], nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull (or numbskull), oaf, pinhead, prat [British], ratbag [chiefly Australian], saphead, schlub (also shlub) [slang], schnook [slang], simpleton, stock, stupe, stupid, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo

Synonyms: Adjective

airheaded, birdbrained, boneheaded, brain-dead, brainless, bubbleheaded, chuckleheaded, dense, dim, dim-witted, doltish, dopey (also dopy), dorky [slang], dull, dumb, dunderheaded, empty-headed, fatuous, gormless [chiefly British], half-witted, knuckleheaded, lamebrain (or lamebrained), lunkheaded, mindless, oafish, obtuse, opaque, pinheaded, senseless, simple, slow, slow-witted, soft, softheaded, stupid, thick, thick-witted, thickheaded, unintelligent, unsmart, vacuous, weak-minded, witless

Antonyms: Noun

brain, genius

Antonyms: Adjective

apt, brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, fast, hyperintelligent, intelligent, keen, nimble, quick, quick-witted, sharp, sharp-witted, smart, supersmart, ultrasmart

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Examples of bonehead in a Sentence


the package's directions seem to suggest that anyone who would buy such a product is a bonehead


dreaded spending the holidays with his bonehead relatives

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Now some bonehead Photoshopped a horrific image on the shirt. Fox News, "Whoopi Goldberg calls out Roseanne Barr for Photoshopped retweet: 'You did this to yourself'," 2 Oct. 2018 Now some bonehead Photoshopped a horrific image on the shirt. Fox News, "Whoopi Goldberg calls out Roseanne Barr for Photoshopped retweet: 'You did this to yourself'," 2 Oct. 2018 When Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla, called analysts boring boneheads on a conference call in May, investors saw it as a lack of self-control. The Economist, "Life as you know it is IPOver," 12 July 2018 Look how many boneheads are still eating Tide Pods! CBS News, "Carl Hiaasen's pep talk for grads: Assume the worst," 17 June 2018 There weren’t any bonehead plays made or anything like that. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Baserunning missteps cost Diamondbacks in latest loss," 22 May 2018 Now some bonehead Photoshopped a horrific image on the shirt. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Whoopi Goldberg calls out Roseanne Barr for Photoshopped retweet: 'You did this to yourself'," 1 June 2018 The Cavaliers guard made one of the biggest bonehead mistakes on the NBA's biggest stage. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Internet flooded with J.R. Smith memes after NBA Finals blunder," 1 June 2018 But Mr Musk would get some respite from bores and boneheads. The Economist, "As Tesla’s share price falls, it becomes an inviting takeover target," 26 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Bonehead volunteers, neverending work, and the smell of decaying fruit that lingers still beneath my nose. Leighshulman, Longreads, "In Foreign Territory, Wondering: Who is the Alpha Monkey?," 8 Aug. 2017 If new Broncos coach Vance Joseph can prevent Talib from making more bonehead moves on or off the field in the next 12 months, Joseph will deserve coach of the year honors for that achievement alone. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kickin’ it with Kiz: How would Broncos’ nemesis Philip Rivers look in a Denver uniform?," 14 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of bonehead


1906, in the meaning defined above


1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bonehead was in 1906

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English Language Learners Definition of bonehead

: a stupid or foolish person

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