Definition of lunkhead in English:

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lunkhead

Pronunciation: /ˈləNGkˌ(h)ed/

noun

informal
A slow-witted person.
Example sentences
  • The fact that many of them will also be cluttered with observers and cameramen and exit pollsters will further add to the chaos, and make many of us think we were lunkheads for not going the absentee route.
  • Two lawbreaking lunkheads cruise the back roads in a car sporting a racist symbol while their scantily clad cousin objectifies herself for corrupt lawmen, and those are values?
  • What sets these Jersey lunkheads from the current wave of underground rock is vocalist Steve Miller (no, not that one) and his glorious howl.

Derivatives

lunkheaded

adjective
Example sentences
  • But it is ludicrous to presume that would-be terrorists are lunkheaded enough to carry anti-Bush signs when carrying pro-Bush signs would give them much closer access.
  • One is plainly obvious: sometimes we are given great gifts by the poker gods, but we are too lunkheaded to appreciate them at the time.
  • He was originally a lunkheaded college football player… who provided a conservative foil for strip's lefty politics.

Origin

Mid 19th century: probably from an alteration of lump1 + head.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: lunk·head

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