probably alteration of obsolete jobard blockhead (from Middle English, from Middle French, from Job, Old Testament patriarch + Middle French -ard) + nowl, alteration of noll
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Ye Olde Nincompoop
Old-fashioned ways to say "stupid"
“Jobbernowl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jobbernowl. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.
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