from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dunce; a blockhead.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as jolthead.
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Joanna, startled, paused in her stride, but the old man beside her only flicked a finger; from the room beyond came a crashing noise that made the servant turn hastily back, yelling "Not that way, you stupid jolterhead!"
As great a jolterhead as any of the foregoing was the hero of a story in Cazotte's "Continuation" of the _Arabian Nights_, entitled
So the young jolterhead at once "changed his tune," and was loudly singing out these words when he met a funeral.
"Hold your confounded stupid tongue, will you, you old jolterhead;" and on this occasion he put his hand on his father's shoulder and shook him.
For out of seven hundred men in the ship _Worcester_ -- the same that sank in the Bay of Funchal -- there was not so much as a powder-boy but could understand every word that I said, whereas on shore there is many a great jolterhead, like thyself, who might be a Portugee for all the English that he knows, and who stares at me like a pig in a hurricane if I do lint ask him what he makes the reckoning, or how many bells have gone. '
Now, if, in the conducting of this business, he shall be found to have acted the part of a stupid country jolterhead, or of a head-strong insolent ass, let him be left to the public contempt; but, if he shall be found to have carried the matter through with due respect towards the Prince and his Ministers, and at the same time, with the spirit and resolution of an independent man, let him have the praise that will be his due.
“Hold your confounded stupid tongue, will you, you old jolterhead;” and on this occasion he put his hand on his father’s shoulder and shook him.