lunk·​head | \ˈləŋk-ˌhed \

Definition of lunkhead 

: a stupid person : dolt

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lunkheaded \ˈləŋk-​ˌhe-​dəd \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for lunkhead


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, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead [chiefly dialect], loon, lump, 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


brain, genius

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Examples of lunkhead in a Sentence

don't let that lunkhead anywhere near your work tools

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Her job here is to eye-roll at the puerile antics and then to cue the audience’s warm, fuzzy feeling about these allegedly lovable lunkheads. Michael Phillips,, "'Tag' review: Don't these guys have anything else to do?," 14 June 2018 From Moose in Archie comics to Flash Thomson in Spider-Man comics to all the teen movies, athletes are typically portrayed as mouth-breathing bullies, loveable lunkheads and walking steroid addicts. Kareem Abdul-jabbar, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: How high school sports made me a better person," 7 May 2018 Creating these ridiculous lunkhead cavemen was part of the appeal: Dug and his band are really an extension of Wallace. Charles Solomon,, "Nick Park is back in the stop-motion animation game with 'Early Man'," 14 Feb. 2018 Later this month, Rocky Balboa will drop his gloves and take up position outside the ropes, as everyone's favorite lunkhead boxer begins his second career as a coach in Creed (in theaters November 25). Esquire, "Esquire's Movie Coaches Tournament: Vote for the Most Inspirational Movie Coach in Hollywood History," 16 Nov. 2015 Twenty-three years after being cast as the lovable lunkhead on NBC's smash sitcom Friends, LeBlanc, 50, is a much richer man who shuns the Hollywood lifestyle, preferring riding dirt bikes on his California cattle ranch to hobnobbing at parties. Gary Levin, USA TODAY, "Matt LeBlanc on 'Episodes,' how much he made from 'Friends,' and why there will never be a reunion," 17 Aug. 2017 Lovable lunkhead Ryan Lochte has been cleared of charges stemming from his infamous fibs about a drunken run-in at a Brazilian gas station that ballooned into an international incident during last summer's Rio Olympics. Gabrielle Bruney, Esquire, "Ryan Lochte Was Cleared of Those Pesky Criminal Charges," 15 July 2017 Taken up with such momentous issues as popularity, pecking orders and the impending loss of her virginity to a lunkhead in a baseball cap, Sam can’t be bothered with questions of mortality or life’s meaning. Ann Hornaday, The Denver Post, "“Before I Fall”: Life lessons delivered over a single day, relived over and over," 3 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of lunkhead

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lunkhead

probably alteration of lump + head

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The first known use of lunkhead was in 1868

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