numskull

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Etymology[edit]

From numb (deadened) + skull.

Noun[edit]

numskull (plural numskulls)

  1. (pejorative) A dunce, mentally dull or stupid person.
  2. (pejorative) A label for a person who refuses to learn or grow mentally.
    That numskull will never learn how to compose a letter.
  3. A traditional name for a fool who serves as the butt of jokes about stupidity.

Usage notes[edit]

Numskull is often capitalized as the fictitious name of the traditional fictional butt of jokes.

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References[edit]

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967