numbskull

noun
numb·​skull | \ˈnəm-ˌskəl \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of numbskull 

1 : a dull or stupid person : dunce

2 : a thick or muddled head

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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, cleveland.com, "'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 1 Apr. 2018 Thank you to US press and other numbskulls who put him there. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "John Legend, Ellie Goulding & More Slam President Trump for Pulling Out of Paris Climate Accord," 1 June 2017 Thank you to US press and other numbskulls who put him there. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "Stars, Politicians Respond to Trump Plan to Withdraw U.S. from Paris Climate Agreement," 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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Dictionary Entries near numbskull

numbing

numbles

numbrous

numbskull

numdah

numen

Numenius

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