numb·​skull | \ ˈnəm-ˌskəl How to pronounce numbskull (audio) \
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Definition of numbskull

1 : a dull or stupid person : dunce
2 : a thick or muddled head

Examples of numbskull in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Thank you to US press and other numbskulls who put him there. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of numbskull

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for numbskull

numb entry 1 + skull entry 1

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The first known use of numbskull was in 1697

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“Numbskull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of numbskull

: a stupid or foolish person


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