from The Century Dictionary.
- Dull in intellect; stupid; doltish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective colloq. Stupid; doltish.
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Perhaps it's also a parable about creativity, and the creator's need to lie fallow and be "numskulled" at times.
He's always been fine saying nothing save for a numskulled petition calling for the TV expuragtion of his nemesis.
Call me dumb, stupid, thick, numskulled or whatever else you can think of.
I have known him to solemnize his whole audience, a few numskulled negroes alone excepted.
A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed. Late A Surgeon On Board An American Privateer, Who Was Captured At Sea By The British, In May, Eighteen Hundred And Thirteen, And Was Confined First, At Melville Island, Halifax, Then At Chatham, In England ... And Last, At Dartmoor Prison. Interspersed With Observations, Anecdotes And Remarks, Tending To Illustrate The Moral And Political Characters Of Three Nations. To Which Is Added, A Correct Engraving Of Dartmoor Prison, Representing The Massacre Of American Prisoners, Written By Himself.
"You silly, awkward, ill-bred country sow," quoth one, "have you no more manners than to rail at Hocus that has saved that clod-pated numskulled ninny-hammer of yours from ruin, and all his family?