chowderhead

noun
chow·der·head | \-ˌhed \

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chowderheaded \ˈchau̇-dər-ˌhe-dəd \ 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

First Known Use of chowderhead

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chowderhead

alteration of dialect jolterhead blockhead

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chowderhead

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English Language Learners Definition of chowderhead

: a stupid person

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