knuck·​le·​head | \ ˈnə-kəl-ˌhed How to pronounce knucklehead (audio) \

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knuckleheaded \ ˈnə-​kəl-​ˌhed-​əd How to pronounce knuckleheaded (audio) \ adjective

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Don't be such a knucklehead. I'd like to get my hands on the knucklehead who designed that paper-towel dispenser.
Recent Examples on the Web No one thought that these two knuckleheads would start fighting for real. Derek Lawrence,, "'We were at war in South Beach': An oral history of Any Given Sunday," 22 Jan. 2020 Now a maximum-contract player with the Warriors, Russell has continued to shed his reputation as a knucklehead, only to once again be the subject of relentless speculation. Connor Letourneau,, "Why the Warriors won’t trade D’Angelo Russell until at least this summer," 14 Dec. 2019 The slap-in-the-face Business Insider study found 34.3 percent of the knuckleheads who responded believe Big Apple residents are the rudest in the U.S. Fox News, "'F--k off!': New Yorkers react to being named ‘rudest city in America’," 24 Dec. 2019 Related Articles As for the knuckleheads out there, as there always are in some form or another, this community will not tolerate or submit, now or then. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Easy to say, but don’t give up, St. Paul, to recent spate of killings," 12 Sep. 2019 That my son and his knucklehead friends collapse with laughter at Menery’s sports clips gives me traces of hope. Los Angeles Times, "The Middle Ages: In a year of trauma, finally some laughter and tears of joy," 12 Sep. 2019 Tell those knuckleheads to stop passing a football near the grill. Jason Gay, WSJ, "17 Rules for Your Fourth of July Cookout," 28 June 2019 He was fatally shot for his efforts by a gun-toting knucklehead who will likely face a lengthy prison term for needlessly taking the life of a very good man. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Easy to say, but don’t give up, St. Paul, to recent spate of killings," 12 Sep. 2019 Way back in 2016, when knuckleheads like me held out hope Lynch might be somebody in this league, his first preseason action produced this stat line: Six completions in seven attempts, for 74 yards and three sacks. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Is watching Broncos rookie QB Drew Lock throw the football as painful as passing a kidney stone?," 1 Aug. 2019

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Knucklehead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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US, informal : a stupid person

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