numb·​skull ˈnəm-ˌskəl How to pronounce numbskull (audio)
variants or less commonly numskull
: a dull or stupid person : dunce
: a thick or muddled head

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sure, any numbskull can pour a bag of iron filings into a jug of Tide (trust me, my wife is still screaming). David H Freedman, Discover Magazine, 26 June 2012 Four women enjoying a retreat at a secluded lakeside cabin are attacked by three numbskulls and turn the tables on them, becoming the torturers. Chris Ball,, 1 Apr. 2018 Thank you to US press and other numbskulls who put him there. Colin Stutz, Billboard, 1 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of numbskull was in 1697

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“Numbskull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


variant of numskull

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