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1‘he makes me feel like a dolt’
fool, nincompoop, clown, simpleton
informal idiot, ninny, dope, dimwit, chump, goon, dumbo, dummy, halfwit, nitwit, dum-dum, loon, jackass, cretin, imbecile, jerk, nerd, fathead, blockhead, numbskull, dunderhead, dunce, dipstick, bonehead, chucklehead, clod, goop, knucklehead, lamebrain, pea-brain, pudding-head, thickhead, wooden-head, pinhead, airhead, birdbrain, dumb-bell, donkey, stupe, noodle
British informal nit, twit, numpty, clot, plonker, berk, prat, pillock, wally, git, wazzock, divvy, nerk, dork, twerp, charlie, mug, muppet
Scottish informal nyaff, balloon, sumph, gowk
Irish informal gobdaw
North American informal schmuck, bozo, boob, lamer, turkey, schlepper, chowderhead, dumbhead, goofball, goof, goofus, galoot, lummox, klutz, putz, schlemiel, sap, meatball, gink, cluck, clunk, ding-dong, dingbat, wiener, weeny, dip, simp, spud, coot, palooka, poop, squarehead, yo-yo, dingleberry
NZ Australian informal drongo, dill, alec, galah, nong, bogan, poon, boofhead
South African informal mompara
British vulgar slang knobhead
North American vulgar slang asshat
dated tomfool, muttonhead, noddy
archaic clodpole, loggerhead, spoony, mooncalf
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