Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dunce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stupid person; a dunce

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dunce; a numskull; a blockhead.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dunce; a numskull.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence

Etymologies

Perhaps Dutch donder, thunder (from Middle Dutch doner; see (s)tenə- in Indo-European roots) + head.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Those state functionaries need to get their heads checked and stop protecting the very people that are p*issing on them. 'dunderhead' - lol!

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  • And while that might sound like a naive and silly comment like, where have you been dunderhead, that is how it has been for years, if not forever!

    Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater: Lame Duck and Tower of Babel

  • To call him a "dunderhead" would be an insult to true "dunderheads" like Sarah Palin.

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  • Maduna apparently called Tshishonga a "dunderhead" and a "relic of the bantustans".

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  • Although truly about a mentally fractured woman turned vigilante psychopath after a beating by thugs leaves her laid up in a hospital for three weeks, only to wake up to the news that her fiance was killed in the attack all plot points readily pronounced in the previews, so don't cry spoiler, the film would like to pass itself off as a story about female empowerment—the kind of dunderhead regressiveness mistaken for social progress in a logic-free think tank.

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  • There was a postscript, too: I am such a dunderhead with languages that you will have to be the one who translates.

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  • I've had enough experiences in my life that are beyond the pale that I'd be a dunderhead not to believe in miracles.

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  • Finally some democrats are realizing what a complete dunderhead Obama is.

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  • Ron Schiller's performance on videotape—which included lecturing two young men pretending to be Muslims on how to select wine—is a "South Park"-worthy caricature of the American liberal as an effete, Volvo-driving, wine-sipping, NPR-listening dunderhead.

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  • "A unique event"; I guess this dunderhead doesn't realize the same tactic was used in an attack on the Sauds.

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  • Hey! Someone in my office just said this!

    *smiles*

    January 16, 2009