fat·​head ˈfat-ˌhed How to pronounce fathead (audio)
: a stupid person
fatheaded adjective
fatheadedly adverb
fatheadedness noun

Examples of fathead in a Sentence

Don't be such a fathead! so who's the fathead who messed around with my movie collection?
Recent Examples on the Web Minnows: Big minnows, such as fatheads, shiners, or shadlings, run neck-and-neck with nightcrawlers as top-notch ‘eye bait. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 20 June 2024 In their ice fishing shack, armed with cheap beer and with fathead minnows for bait, Lloyd and Marvin are two guys working things out. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 15 Jan. 2024 The 3- to 7-acre nursery ponds were poisoned with rotenone to kill out any existing fish before the Florida fish were stocked, along with forage species, including bluegill, threadfin shad and fathead minnows. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 29 July 2022 After 18 days of exposure to the drugs, the fish - juvenile fathead minnows - had their brains removed and the expression levels of various genes measured using a genetic microarray. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 7 June 2012 Swan bought him a Joe Burrow fathead to hang up, too – this IS an Ohio bar – and urged him to show Bengals games. The Enquirer, 8 Dec. 2022 Gibala, ever the showman, raffled off chances to cut off parts of the Mayfield fathead but left the head for Swan. The Enquirer, 8 Dec. 2022 The lake has been restocked with black bass, bluegill, redear bream, and fathead minnows, according to the listing. Gabriel Romero, Chron, 24 Aug. 2022 Included in the sale are channel catfish, largemouth bass, triploid grass carp, hybrid bluegill, redear sunfish, golden shiner, fathead minnows and bluegill. Chicago Tribune, 15 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fathead was in 1842

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“Fathead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fathead. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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fat·​head ˈfat-ˌhed How to pronounce fathead (audio)
: a stupid person
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