clodpole

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Etymology[edit]

clod +‎ pole (head)

Noun[edit]

clodpole (plural clodpoles)

  1. (pejorative) a stupid person; blockhead
    • c. 1600:, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, or What You Will
      ...this letter, being so excellently ignorant, will breed no terror in the youth: he will find it comes from a clodpole.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 4, chapter VI, The Landed
      ‘Show the dullest clodpole,’ says my invaluable German friend, ‘show the haughtiest feather-head, that a soul higher than himself is here; were his knees stiffened into brass, he must down and worship.’

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