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A dunce.

[Perhaps Dutch donder, thunder (from Middle Dutch doner; see (s)tenə- in Indo-European roots) + head.]

dun′der·head′ed adj.


a stupid or slow-witted person; dunce. Also called: dunderpate
[C17: probably from Dutch donder thunder + head; compare blockhead]
ˈdunderˌheaded adj
ˈdunderˌheadedness n


(ˈdʌn dərˌhɛd)

a dunce; blockhead; numbskull. Also called dun•der•pate (ˈdʌn dərˌpeɪt)
[1615–25; appar. < Dutch dunder(kop) numbskull (dunder thunder + kop head) + head]
dun′der•head`ed, adj.
dun′der•head`ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dunderhead - a stupid persondunderhead - a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence
dolt, dullard, pillock, poor fish, pudden-head, pudding head, stupe, stupid, stupid person - a person who is not very bright; "The economy, stupid!"


[ˈdʌndəhed] Nzoquete m


nDummkopf m, → Dummerjan m (inf)
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That I can well believe," said Sancho at this, "for to come out with drolleries is not in everybody's line; and that Sancho your worship speaks of, gentle sir, must be some great scoundrel, dunderhead, and thief, all in one; for I am the real Sancho Panza, and I have more drolleries than if it rained them; let your worship only try; come along with me for a year or so, and you will find they fall from me at every turn, and so rich and so plentiful that though mostly I don't know what I am saying I make everybody that hears me laugh.
If I used my own some of these dunderheads would recognize it, and want to meddle in the affair.
His boss, a colonel referred to here simply as D1, is portrayed as a bit of dunderhead, seldom taking Gilster's advice or sharing his insights.
This is no layabout trying to shirk his responsibilities, nor do we have a dunderhead who can't even recognize his own name when authority calls (as in, say, "Before the Law" [1914]).
It flattered and entertained the driver rather than assuming that anybody who drove a family car was a dunderhead.
On your father for sending his dunderhead of a son to come and dirty such a nice school; your mother for giving birth to such a monstrosity as yourself; and on you for not having saluted when you saw a senior boy coming towards you, because nothing good could ever enter your head and he did not see what you were wasting the teachers' time for, by coming to school.
Or like a dunderhead who obeys because no objection occurs to him.
Only a total dunderhead would have failed to notice how the AR-3s just walked off and left those poor Altec speakers in the dust with those organ pedals.
Moreover, I think Schwarzenegger is, as his mother might have put it, a dunderhead.
There is a school of thought, admittedly not a large one, but a school nonetheless, that argues that being classed as a complete dunderhead in one's school years is an almost certain guarantee of great success later in life.
I am a cowboy shooter and do not approve of being portrayed as some dunderhead who is dumb enough to think cotton balls will protect my hearing.
The people who drive them to it, who are convinced that the fix is in, that the government is always bought, have been these past eight years men like Gore and Babbitt, so much more supple and therefore dangerous than Reagan's Interior Secretary James Watt, who was such a dunderhead he set back the course of environmental destruction by a decade.