One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person with a head compared to a pumpkin; a fool, a dolt. Also: a head resembling or made from a pumpkin; specifically (a) a large or round head; (b) a head having the hair cut short all round.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Kenrick (d. 1779), writer and translator. From pumpkin + head.
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