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A clumsy, stupid person.‘watch it, you great lummox!’
idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clodView synonyms
- ‘I will make life so hard for these wretched lummoxes who pass for my servants that the atrocities of Ivan the Terrible will seem like a fairy-picnic!’
- ‘Things in the castle had changed a bit, there were new, larger halls here and there (I see the lummox has been busy).’
- ‘I mean, what gives her the right to call him a big lummox?’
- ‘In my segment of over-privileged middle-class London, countless respectable parents are sheltering a great lummox of a son whose only apparent plan is never to amount to anything.’
- ‘Surely you wouldn't rather stumble about with your thick-necked flatfooted lummox of a boyfriend.’
- ‘It was a silly digression, but one that's effective in showing him as a flummoxed lummox.’
- ‘Unless he could free the doomed lummox beneath him by sundown, he'd be on the south end of more drunken wagers than either man could count.’
- ‘She also starts suggesting that, if the looming lummox had an ‘accident,’ no one would be overly heartbroken.’
- ‘Anyway, the point of this is that it was my big bro's birthday yesterday - the big lummox was 39.’
- ‘Well let me tell you what I think, you big lummox.’
- ‘But some lummox has to miss the decisive penalty, and I'm saying it'll be him.’
- ‘You are a princess, and whether you like it or not, you were born for a greater purpose than frolicking around with that no good, filthy lummox you have attached yourself to.’
- ‘As amusing as this looks, Detective, get this lummox off me.’
- ‘If he tried to get past him, the great lummox would surely notice him, so there was basically no way out.’
- ‘The bizarre incident nevertheless solidified the widespread public view that the Opposition Leader was an inept lummox and unreconstructed thug.’
- ‘She is married to Phil, a pothead lummox who, along with his creepy best friend Bubba, paints houses for a living.’
- ‘‘They ain't fer you, ya big lummox,’ Becky Sue said.’
- ‘I cannot see if you are in the way, you great lummox!’
- ‘She just needs someone better than this lummox to play off of.’
- ‘And they hadn't a clue about the right products and materials for the job - one lummox had even ruined a stainless steel cooker by attacking it with a steel scourer.’
Early 19th century: of unknown origin.
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