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

Synonyms & Antonyms for bonehead

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 No doubt the front office has made many mistakes, and the coaches have made enough bonehead moves to anger veteran players. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, 8 Aug. 2021 Fan incidents in Salt Lake City, New York and Philadelphia have preceded the water-throwing bonehead at the Garden and fan conduct is becoming a growing issue for players and the NBA., 31 May 2021 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, 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, 19 Dec. 2019 For Pete’s sake, what are these boneheads doing at practice? Los Angeles Times, 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,, 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, 12 Sep. 2019 The bonehead penalties — celebration stuff, removing the helmet, etc. — shouldn’t be a factor against Oregon. oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Yours truly made the bonehead decision to fly to New York for Game 1 of that series the day after our post-marathon-bombing, shelter-in-place Friday., 29 May 2021 Bonehead volunteers, neverending work, and the smell of decaying fruit that lingers still beneath my nose. Leighshulman, Longreads, 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, 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 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bonehead

: a stupid or foolish person


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