butthead

noun butt·head \ ˈbət-ˌhed \

Definition of butthead

plural buttheads
: a stupid, incompetent, or annoying person
  • So I'm a conservative; what else could I be? However, I'm not completely happy about it. Let's face it, conservatives can be buttheads, too.
  • —P. J. O'RourkeRepublican Party Reptile1987

butt-headed

play \ˈbət-¦he-dəd\ adjective
    • While many people detest this butt-headed city, the folks at Henry Street Settlement still hold aloft the flickering torch.
    • —Eva Yaa AsantewaaThe Village Voice23 Nov. 1993

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First Known Use of butthead

circa 1973

in the meaning defined above

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