chow·​der·​head | \ ˈchau̇-dər-ˌhed How to pronounce chowderhead (audio) \

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chowderheaded \ ˈchau̇-​dər-​ˌhe-​dəd How to pronounce chowderheaded (audio) \ adjective

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The chowder in chowderhead is neither New England nor Manhattan (though one could speculate that a chowderhead has either type of clam chowder for brains). Chowderhead is a mispronunciation of jolterhead, a derivative of the 16th-century insult jolt head. Before being extended to a thickheaded person (i.e., a blockhead), the term jolt head was used literally for a large, heavy head. The etymology of jolt head is obscure; the term is likely connected somehow to the jolt that means "an abrupt jerky blow or movement," but the exact nature of the connection is not known.

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instantly concluded his new son-in-law was a chowderhead

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1833, in the meaning defined above

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alteration of dialect jolterhead blockhead

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“Chowderhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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US, informal : a stupid person

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