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a stupid, doltish person; dunce.
Obsolete. a piece of wood in the shape of a head, used as a block for hats or wigs.
Historical Examples

Hindu Literature Epiphanius Wilson
Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth
Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2) John Wilson
The Politician Out-Witted Samuel Low
The Fairy Ring Various
Letters of Edward FitzGerald Edward FitzGerald
Ireland under the Tudors, Volume I (of II) Richard Bagwell
How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
The ‘Characters’ of Jean de La Bruyre Jean de La Bruyre
A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) Augustus de Morgan

(derogatory) a stupid person


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