saphead


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sap·head

 (săp′hĕd′)
n. Slang
A gullible or foolish person.

sap′head′ed adj.

saphead

(ˈsæpˌhɛd)
n
slang a simpleton, idiot, or fool
ˈsapˌheaded adj

saphead

(ˈsæpˌhɛd)
n
(Military) military the end of a sap nearest to the enemy

sap1

(sæp)

n., v. sapped, sap•ping. n.
1. a watery juice, containing mineral salts and sugar, that circulates through the tissues of a plant.
2. any vital body fluid.
3. energy; vitality.
4. a fool; dupe.
v.t.
5. to drain the sap from.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English sæp, c. Middle Dutch sap, Old High German saf]

sap2

(sæp)

n., v. sapped, sap•ping. n.
1. a trench constructed so as to form an approach to a besieged place.
v.t.
2. to approach (a wall, glacis, or other part of a fortification) with saps, in order to move troops or artillery into a more forward position, or to dig below and undermine the fortification.
3. to weaken insidiously.
[1585–95; < French sape (n.), derivative of saper to dig a trench < Italian zappare]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.saphead - a person who lacks good judgmentsaphead - a person who lacks good judgment  
ass - a pompous fool
buffoon, clown - a rude or vulgar fool
fucker - a stupid despised man
bozo, cuckoo, fathead, goof, goofball, jackass, twat, zany, goose - a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
meshuggeneh, meshuggener - (Yiddish) a crazy fool
morosoph - a learned fool
putz - (Yiddish) a fool; an idiot
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
wally - a silly and inept person; someone who is regarded as stupid
References in classic literature ?
You don't seem to know anything, somehow -- perfect saphead.
The weakling and the saphead have often great ability to charm the fair sex, while the fighting man who can face a thousand real dangers unafraid, sits hiding in the shadows like some frightened child.
The Saphead (1920), an early film directed not by Keaton but by Herbert Blache, stars Keaton as the son of a successful Wall Street mogul perpetually Out of step with other members of his so-called "class.