knucklehead

noun
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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Synonyms

airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, bubblehead, chowderhead, chucklehead, clodpoll (or clodpole), clot [British], cluck, clunk, cretin, cuddy (or cuddie) [British dialect], deadhead, dim bulb [slang], dimwit, dip, dodo, dolt, donkey, doofus [slang], dope, dork [slang], dullard, dum-dum, dumbbell, dumbhead, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, lamebrain, loggerhead [chiefly dialect], loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome [archaic], moron, mug [chiefly British], mutt, natural, nimrod [slang], nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull (or numbskull), oaf, pinhead, prat [British], ratbag [chiefly Australian], saphead, schlub (also shlub) [slang], schnook [slang], simpleton, stock, stupe, stupid, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo

Antonyms

brain, genius

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Examples of knucklehead in a Sentence

Don't be such a knucklehead. I'd like to get my hands on the knucklehead who designed that paper-towel dispenser.

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If Lock isn’t the No. 2 quarterback on opening night, John Elway was a knucklehead for drafting him in the second round. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Broncos Roundtable: What is Vic Fangio’s biggest training camp challenge?," 16 July 2019 The game, however, was slightly overshadowed by some knuckleheads. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Dominique's Dimes: Shame on the fans who cheered Kevin Durant's NBA Finals injury," 11 June 2019 If a car's cameras and accelerometers detect someone leaning on the car, for example, the car's center screen will display, in font big enough for the knucklehead to see, a message that cameras are recording. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Rolls Out Sentry Mode and Dog Mode to the Model 3," 14 Feb. 2019 If Lock isn’t the No. 2 quarterback on opening night, John Elway was a knucklehead for drafting him in the second round. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Broncos Roundtable: What is Vic Fangio’s biggest training camp challenge?," 16 July 2019 The game, however, was slightly overshadowed by some knuckleheads. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Dominique's Dimes: Shame on the fans who cheered Kevin Durant's NBA Finals injury," 11 June 2019 If a car's cameras and accelerometers detect someone leaning on the car, for example, the car's center screen will display, in font big enough for the knucklehead to see, a message that cameras are recording. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Rolls Out Sentry Mode and Dog Mode to the Model 3," 14 Feb. 2019 James does everything – e-e-e-verything – in Game 1, only to have a knucklehead teammate not know the score at the most important time. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: You can't make the MLB Draft fun and Allegiant Air sucks," 4 June 2018 Poverty, a childhood spent in trailers, and knucklehead friends are all part of the campy atmosphere. Kyle Smith, National Review, "What If Tonya Harding Were Black?," 11 Jan. 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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knucklehead

noun

English Language Learners Definition of knucklehead

US, informal : a stupid person

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