One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1US informal (derogatory). A native of Tennessee. Now rare.
2Among the Zuni and Hopi peoples of North America: a ceremonial clown who wears a mask daubed with mud.
3Slang (derogatory). A stupid person; = "blockhead".
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Haliburton (1796–1865), politician and writer. From mud + head.
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