One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stupid person; a blockhead.
- ‘I experienced May 8 in Marienbad, as a seventeen year old dummkopf who believed in the final victory right up to the end.’
- ‘‘Don't be a coward and hide, French dummkopf,’ he spat the words out at the Frenchman.’
- ‘‘Eh, it's Alex, that dummkopf,’ the other man said.’
Early 19th century: from German dumm ‘dumb’ + Kopf ‘head’.
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