Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A gullible or foolish person.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A silly fellow; a ninny. Also sap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Low A weak-minded, stupid fellow; a milksop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A simpleton, a stupid person.

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

  • noun a person who lacks good judgment

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Examples

  • But on this occasion Mr Salmond probably meant a "saphead" or plodding fool.

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  • Us married just five months, and her the nicest girl living, and you keeping us flat broke all the time, you damned old thief, so you can put money away for your saphead of a son and your wishywashy fool of a daughter!

    Babbit

  • Willy said in a ma tier-of-fact voice: "He's such a saphead I never thought he'd come after you, Phylly I mean, he's not really stuck on you, is he?"

    Last April Fair

  • He doesn't fancy Captain Billy Morgan, thinks him rather a saphead.

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  • The logic and philosophy of the great deist and agnostic was worth more to the Colonies, and did more injury to King George and his murdering minions, than all the purblind, bigoted, saphead pulpit thumpers who ever preached for ready cash.

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  • Baines set him down as the sort of young man who would play Kelly pool with money his mother earned by doing laundry, and, in addition, catalogued him as a "saphead."

    Scattergood Baines

  • Us married just five months, and her the nicest girl living, and you keeping us flat broke all the time, you damned old thief, so you can put money away for your saphead of a son and your wishywashy fool of a daughter!

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  • Us married just five months, and her the nicest girl living, and you keeping us flat broke all the time, you damned old thief, so you can put money away for your saphead of a son and your wishywashy fool of a daughter!

    Babbitt

  • Us married just five months, and her the nicest girl living, and you keeping us flat broke all the time, you damned old thief, so you can put money away for your saphead of a son and your wishywashy fool of a daughter!

    Babbitt

  • To the near lips of each crater a sap ran out from the front line, so that merely the great yawning hole lay between the saphead and the corresponding abode of the Germans on the other lip.

    No Man's Land

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