dun·​der·​head | \ ˈdən-dər-ˌhed How to pronounce dunderhead (audio) \

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dunderheaded \ ˌdən-​dər-​ˈhe-​dəd How to pronounce dunderhead (audio) \ adjective

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wondered how long it would take the dunderheads at the head office to screw things up
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First Known Use of dunderhead

1630, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dunderhead

perhaps from Dutch donder thunder + English head; akin to Old High German thonar thunder — more at thunder entry 1

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“Dunderhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dunderhead. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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