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n. Slang
A stupid person; a dolt.

[Probably alteration of lump + head.]

lunk′head′ed adj.
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a stupid person
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n. Slang.
a dull or stupid person; blockhead.
Also called lunk (lʌŋk)
[1850–55, Amer.; perhaps b. lump1 and hunk + head]
lunk′head`ed, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lunkhead - a stupid personlunkhead - 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!"
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References in classic literature ?
"And I don't see any sense in fighting and fighting and fighting, yet always losing through some derned old lunkhead of a general."
"B'jiminey, we're generaled by a lot 'a lunkheads."
They had sharp wits and tongues that worked deftly and at great speed, something which only pissed off the lunkhead bosses, the law and the ruling elite even more.
I played football until my second year at high school (I was quite a large lunkhead), failed the exams and stayed at school anyway; I liked playing football.
His clueless lunkhead of a brother, Johnny (Kevin Dillon), is still waiting for his acting career to take off, Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) is now a tequila magnate and Eric (Kevin Connolly) is about to become a father.
Amy makes the first move and also the last, rarely spending the night, and almost never returning for a second date--save for her semi-steady FWB, a muscle-bound lunkhead (a very game John Cena) who approaches sex as if it were a grueling CrossFit routine.
Quadriplegic author David "Doc" Robertson is donating half of the royalties for his latest book, My Break-Ups, A Lunkhead's Love Story, to local charities such as Gilda's Club, a cancer support community in Palm Desert, Calif.
He's a lunkhead, for sure, lacking in the verbal and social polish necessary to thrive in the media maelstrom of Boston.
Exasperated by the earthling lunkhead, the Thark leader leans over from his mount on a hornless rhinoceros-like creature and slaps the unsuspecting Carter on the back of his head, as though he were a particularly feckless fifth grader.
Likeable lunkhead Marcus Fenix's search for his presumed-dead dad provides the overarching cinematic space opera with some surprisingly emotional twists.
For example, Henry's understanding of the process of war attributes nothing to the Generals themselves: "'well, then, if we fight like the devil an' don't ever whip, it must be the general's fault [....] And I don't see any sense in fighting and fighting and fighting, yet always losing through some derned old lunkhead of a general'" (89).
In Essex County, Lemire's ambitious graphic-novel trilogy, the artist's sure-handed and deft caricatures prove instantly engaging: a doe-faced boy dreaming of becoming a superhero, a careworn farmer baffled by unwanted family responsibilities, a good-natured lunkhead of a gas-station attendant still recovering from a hockey injury suffered many years earlier.