numskull

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n numskull a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Numskull A dunce; a dolt; a stupid fellow. "They have talked like numskulls ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n numskull A dunce; a dolt; a stupid fellow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Numskull num′skul a stupid fellow: a blockhead
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Numb, + skull,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From numb and skull.

Usage

In literature:

What do y' s'pose, you numskull?
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
Every numskull in Egypt wagged his beard over it; I could hear the chatter myself.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
W'st, you little numskulls!
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Then how, at the bidding of a scurvy, envious numskull of a friar, could you take such a cruel resolve against him?
"The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio" by Giovanni Boccaccio
Did anybody ever see such an array of political numskulls?
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
Lamson stock was selling at 62, the highest price it ever attained, not 122, as this numskull states.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
She's liable to be most anywheres tendin' babies or trimmin' bunnits; an' Tony's such a numskull.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
I have known him to solemnize his whole audience, a few numskulled negroes alone excepted.
"A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed." by Benjamin Waterhouse
I hate to have you giving time and labor to such numskulls.
"The Light of the Star" by Hamlin Garland
Oh, what a precious numskull it is!
"The Politician Out-Witted" by Samuel Low
But the Rector, pot-bellied numskull that he was, would not listen to reason!
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
You treat us women as if we were numskulls.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
Do not suppose from this that I am ill in body; it is the numskull that I complain of.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Miss Everett is not a numskull to be told to 'keep watch' and blindly obey.
"In the Onyx Lobby" by Carolyn Wells
If I hadn't have been a numskull I would a-known.
"A House Party with the Tucker Twins" by Nell Speed
He must stand out of the way for numskulls and old fogies.
"Brave Old Salt" by Oliver Optic
Sometimes a numskull is born in the mansion, and a genius rises from the gutter.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 9 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Political" by Robert G. Ingersoll
And so you think that caused the storm, Master Numskull?
"A Little Wizard" by Stanley J. Weyman
But I'm not such a numskull!
"Satan Sanderson" by Hallie Erminie Rives
Curse thee for a numskull!
"Star of Mercia" by Blanche Devereux
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