(also called ‘dunderpate’; plural: ‘dunderheads; pronunciation:  the letter ‘u’ rhymes with the letter ‘u’ in “but” — ‘dunder’ … ‘head’)

two dunderheads (characters in a movie/film)

a slow learner;

a dunce (previous entry);

a blockhead,

the Dunderheads


When Ms Sarah, our chief supervisor, made a big scene out of a minor mistake made by a new employee, everybody on the work site concluded that she was a dunderhead not to see the simple way out to the problem.

Most celebrities are bound to be called dunderheads by their own fans on one occasion or the other.

The worst dunderheads are those politicians who cannot show solutions to the problems but who try their best to make a problem more complicated by making half-knowledge comments.

For an article that explains the origin of this word, please click here, for an article that talks of dunderheads in chess, please click here, for an article that shows us how we come across this word in everyday readings and also how ‘dunderhead’ and ‘dunce’ can be used interchangeably, please click here and for an article that shows us how this word can be used for sports persons, too, please click here.

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