Definition of numbskull in US English:

numbskull

(also numskull)

noun

informal
  • A stupid or foolish person.

    • ‘He exorcised the assumption the free market was only for numbskulls.’
    • ‘Sure, numbskulls still permeate every stadium, and the larger the following and the more successful a club become, the bigger the proportion of obnoxious fans.’
    • ‘The Horseshoe is best avoided if there's a Celtic v Rangers match on telly, because it occasionally attracts numbskulls who can't handle their booze.’
    • ‘After all does it not confirm their stereotyping of the US as the land of gun-toting numbskulls who shoot first and ask questions later?’
    • ‘I give the nice lady painstakingly detailed directions, not that it's hard to explain, but I want to make sure that the halfwit numbskull who will next attempt to deliver my package has more than enough information to do his very simple job.’
    • ‘The game could be described as a simple left-to-right-scrolling romp in which a costumed numbskull fights baddies before battling an oddball boss, but this really wouldn't do it justice.’
    • ‘In case anyone is planning on it, my advice is: you'll hardly find any more than fifteen numbskulls ready to sign the thing, so don't be disappointed!’
    • ‘A ten second bout of fisticuffs from the numbskulls who play for Newcastle United seemed to dominate the sports news for an entire week.’
    • ‘If you are the biggest numbskull in the world you will get by on good manners.’
    • ‘Now various unreflective numbskulls seem to think that there is a contradiction between consuming American culture and being critical of the U.S. government.’
    • ‘It is one of the supreme ironies of feminism that after cajoling and haranguing males to be more sensitive to emotional cues, Botoxed women display all the facial animation of literal numbskulls.’
    • ‘Glasgow's put upon tourism wallahs must have watched The Hand of God with dismay as another herd of sectarian numbskulls blackened the city's reputation in front of a UK audience numbering millions.’
    • ‘Their children are deep-fried, drug-soaked numbskulls, the adults hapless lemmings in their SUVs, heading straight into the back-end of the American dream.’
    • ‘He's clearly not the most talented person, but we love to watch these numbskulls and untalented folks get further than you think they would.’
    • ‘But apparently, the economically semi-literate numbskulls at the New Pravda - and the rest of the mainstream press - still can't be bothered to get the facts straight.’
    • ‘And those numbskulls down the street are apologizing for failing to pass anti-lynching laws 100 years ago.’
    • ‘Is an isolated outbreak of yobbery involving a few dozen numskulls really going to dissuade the private sector from investing in, and profiting from, a new business deal?’
    • ‘I'd love to help, but I'm a numbskull about such issues and would hate myself if I gave somebody bad advice.’
    • ‘What in the hell were these numbskulls thinking?’
    • ‘A dealbreaker for me is believing in astrology, which is handy since so many numbskulls blurt out references to astrology very soon after you meet them.’
    idiot, fool, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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Pronunciation

numbskull

/ˈnəmˌskəl//ˈnəmˌskəl/