bone·​head | \ ˈbōn-ˌhed How to pronounce bonehead (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bonehead (audio) \ adjective
boneheadedness noun

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Examples of bonehead in a Sentence

Noun the package's directions seem to suggest that anyone who would buy such a product is a bonehead Adjective dreaded spending the holidays with his bonehead relatives
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After scoring 0 against the Pelicans, Joe Ingles was brilliant offensively for 16 points against the Sixers, save for one bonehead turnover in the fourth and subsequent and-one foul. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Triple Team: NBA referees ruin fun Jazz/Sixers matchup; Rudy Gobert’s ‘small-market’ comments and some of the missed calls," 3 Mar. 2021 So, Jenny and Ken are boneheads and still think Fox is Jamie Foxx, because clearly in their world an Oscar-winning zillionaire needs to grovel for minor coins on this trash. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'The Masked Singer' Finale Recap: Who's Winning This Thing Anyway?," 19 Dec. 2019 For Pete’s sake, what are these boneheads doing at practice? Los Angeles Times, "Letters: Look like the rare time where LeBron James made the wrong play," 18 Oct. 2019 The veteran gunner was a crucial member of Cleveland’s 2016 title squad, but his bonehead error in Game 1 of the 2018 Finals ranks among the worst blunders in league history. Michael Shapiro,, "Ranking the Best NBA Finals of the Past Decade," 16 Sep. 2019 Pouring it on: President Trump rips Fed as 'boneheads,' calls for zero or negative interest rates When might the Fed reduce its benchmark rate to around zero? Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Trump wants Fed to cut interest rates to zero or below. Here's what it could mean for you.," 12 Sep. 2019 The bonehead penalties — celebration stuff, removing the helmet, etc. — shouldn’t be a factor against Oregon. oregonlive, "Scouting the Wolf Pack: 5 questions, prediction with a Nevada beat reporter," 6 Sep. 2019 While affirming her government’s determination to find someone in the U.K. who does not think Trump is an unmitigated bonehead, May warned that the difficulty of the task must not be underestimated. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, "U.K. Unable to Find Replacement Ambassador Who Does Not Think Trump Is an Idiot," 10 July 2019 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 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


1903, in the meaning defined above


1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bonehead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bonehead

informal : a stupid or foolish person

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