blockhead

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blockhead 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 Blockhead A stupid fellow; a dolt; a person deficient in understanding. "The bookful blockhead , ignorantly read,
      With loads of learned lumber in his head."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blockhead A head-shaped piece of wood used as a block for hats or wigs.
    • n blockhead A head containing no more intelligence or sense than a block; a blockish head.
    • n blockhead A person possessing such a head; a stupid fellow; a dolt; a person deficient in understanding.
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Quotations

  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    Lord%20Chesterfield
    “Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    Lord%20Chesterfield
    “Buy good books, and read them; the best books are the commonest, and the last editions are always the best, if the editors are not blockheads.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
    Jean%20Baudrillard
    “The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead, sets themselves against it.”
  • William Hazlitt
    William%20Hazlitt
    “A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one -- they show one another off to the best advantage.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Block, + head,

Usage

In literature:

Go away, blockhead, or you will find something to remember a while.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Why, blockhead, are you mad?
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
What an eternal blockhead am I!
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
Two blockheads are worse than one insofar as they tend to regard each other as a source of wisdom.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Go down the stair, you silly blockhead.
"Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories" by Robert Ford
You see what a blockhead I have been.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
If I don't act a little skeptical, he'll think I'm either a blockhead or a phony or both.
"By Proxy" by Gordon Randall Garrett
To this burden women are born, they must obey their husbands if they are ever such blockheads.
"Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Ah, blockhead, thou shalt dearly abide this delay when my lord knows thereof.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
Being a blockhead, he will remain a blockhead.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
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In poetry:

(Man.) We ha' cheated the parson, we'll cheat him agen,
For why should a blockhead ha' one in ten?
One in ten,
One in ten,
For why should a blockhead ha' one in ten?
"Your hay it is mow'd, and your corn is reap'd" by John Henry Dryden
THIS arch collection, like a prayer-book bound;
Was in the blockhead's pocket always found,
The form religious of the work, he thought,
Would prove a charm 'gainst vice whenever sought!
"The Jealous Husband" by Jean de La Fontaine
"An Hostler not know! Why, he spoke rather cross.
Every word that he said was concerning his horse.
You ignorant blockhead! this plain sense appears--
When he's ate up his corn you must cut off his ears."
"The Art Of Speaking" by William Hutton
In short, my dear Goddess, Old England's divided
Between ultra blockheads and superfine sages; —
With which of these classes we, landlords, have sided
Thou'lt find in my Speech, if thou'lt read a few pages.
"Ode to the Goddess Ceres" by Thomas Moore
A FELLOW says: "I own no school or college;
No master lives whom I acknowledge;
And pray don't entertain the thought
That from the dead I e'er learnt aught."
This, if I rightly understand,
Means: "I'm a blockhead at first hand."
"The Originals" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

I am writing in response to Andrew Johnston's review of The Blockheads concert at the MAC in Belfast (News, August 6).
No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.
Seeing opinionated 'blockheads' to be community columnists.
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote, but for money," Samuel Johnson famously said.
Find out in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, which opens on Thursday.
Virtuous Reality How America Surrendered Discussion of Moral Values to Opportunists, Nitwits and Blockheads like William Bennett.
If you could access only one home page for breaking news and chose Washingtonpost.com or CNN.com over the Drudge Report, you'd be a blockhead.
The Washington Free Beacon brings us an exceptionally dishonest and blockheaded pander from Vice President Joe Biden, on the campaign trail in Colorado Wednesday.
Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.
Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead lager .
Shameless Aimless does the blockhead routine in 3D.
Street performer and busker Shameless Aimless does her take on the old sideshow standard, the blockhead act, in front of Malaprop's bookstore and cafe in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
No man but a blockhead ever wrote – except for money.
Blockheads will be biking up and over Blockhouse Hill and making the long run around Bear Lake again this June.
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