squarehead

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From square +‎ head.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

squarehead (plural squareheads)

  1. (slang) An honest person; a non-criminal.
  2. (slang) A foreigner of Germanic origin, especially a Scandinavian person.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 771:
      The squarehead bent his chin to his breast and said, ‘Very well. In an hour.’

Usage notes[edit]

  • Squarehead is a literally-translated derogatory term used by French-Canadians to describe English-Canadians. Can be used in a good-natured way between friends. Kind of the opposite of "Frog".

History[edit]

A story is told about the colonialists in New France who created farms by the river in order to irrigate their lands easily. The English colonialist joked that the French are frogs because they are always by the waterside, just like frogs. The French colonialists countered by calling them "square heads" since the English farm lands were square shaped.

References[edit]

  • OED 2nd edition 1989