meat·​head | \ ˈmēt-ˌhed How to pronounce meathead (audio) \

Definition of meathead

: a stupid or bungling person

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Synonyms & Antonyms for meathead


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, lunkhead, 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 meathead in a Sentence

Her brother's a real meathead. he's a meathead, but handy to have around if there's any heavy lifting to be done

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Previous SlideNext Slide The single-minded devotion of the first two films to their meathead aesthetic is astounding. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "What I learned about cars watching all 8 Fast & Furious movies in 4 days," 2 Aug. 2019 And out there is right where the Colts need to be, to get the most out of a quarterback whose talent is superior but whose game was stagnating even before all those meatheads put him through a grinder that ultimately cost Luck the 2017 season. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Andrew Luck finally has a coaching staff who deserves him," 13 June 2018 Looks like Harbaugh has worked through this whole meathead conundrum. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Former Wabash quarterback directs critically acclaimed movie," 5 Apr. 2018 Ballard replaced Chuck Pagano, a big-hearted but defensive-minded and decidedly old-school meathead of a coach, with Frank Reich. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Andrew Luck finally has a coaching staff who deserves him," 13 June 2018 Fallout is becoming more of a meathead series as time goes on... or at least, that’s the popular narrative. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fallout 76 sparks more fan anxiety about direction of series," 11 June 2018 Speaking by phone, both actors say their characters — overprotective meathead Mitchell and divorcee Hunter — had individualized perceptions of masculinity that informed the film’s take on gender roles. Isaac Feldberg,, "In ‘Blockers,’ John Cena and Ike Barinholtz play fathers learning to let go," 30 Mar. 2018 But strong women aren't just meatheads who lift weights. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "In Defense of Female CrossFit Competitors: "Strong Women Aren't Just Meatheads"," 13 Aug. 2015 Jean-Claude Van Damme pokes fun at his meathead persona in a new Amazon series. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ and ‘Deepwater Horizon’," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of meathead

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of meathead was in 1863

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English Language Learners Definition of meathead

informal : a stupid person

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