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thick-skulled

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj thick-skulled (used informally) stupid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Thick-skulled Having a thick skull; hence, dull; heavy; stupid; slow to learn.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • thick-skulled Dull; heavy; stupid; slow to learn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Thick-skulled having a thick skull: dull: stupid
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. thicce; cog. with Ger. dick.

Usage

In literature:

I say, what a blessing it is to have a thick skull!
"Charge!" by George Manville Fenn
I knew that the skull was thick, but that if my knife would penetrate it, I should certainly kill the elk.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
Can you get that philosophy through your thick skull, my friend?
"The Ape, the Idiot & Other People" by W. C. Morrow
The first blow was well delivered, and sank deep into bruin's skull; but that skull was thick, and the brain was not reached.
"Silver Lake" by R.M. Ballantyne
First, I wish to add that your dear friend is both thick-skulled and cowardly.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
You've a fine thick skull, but this is thicker.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
You don't belong to this nation of thick-headed numb-skulls.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
Faith, I compliment you on having a thick skull.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
But somehow it was a little difficult to get it through his own doubtless too-thick skull.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The bullet struck him on the head; but his skull was thick, and though it wounded him severely, it did not enter his brain.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The walls of the skull were thick, and the crown low.
"A Manual of the Antiquity of Man" by J. P. MacLean
He has a skull as thick as a water-butt.
"The Lady Evelyn" by Max Pemberton
Speak, you vagabond, or I'll try the thickness of your skull with my walking-stick.
"A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The blacks of Queensland are noted for the thickness of their skulls, but this boy beat them all.
"Two Years Among the Savages of New Guinea." by W. D. Pitcairn
When he picked himself up, he saw something that knocked all ideas of picture taking out of his thick skull.
"Hooded Detective, Volume III No. 2, January, 1942" by Various
Many of the skulls, though they had been interred for centuries, were still thickly covered with hair.
"Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume III" by Karl Ritter von Scherzer
The skull was throughout very compact, and about half an inch thick.
"Life of Beethoven" by Anton Schindler
He had always a thick skull, as I know full well.
"Fairy Circles" by Unknown
In the skull the pterygoids are thick and meet in the middle line; the symphysis of the mandible is long.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
It was a downright, crushing blow, and only the good thickness of the skull of Sergeant King saved him from annihilation.
"The Sunset Trail" by Alfred Henry Lewis
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In poetry:

And hullo! You Bully!
That blade's not a stick
To slash right and left,
And my skull is too thick
To be cleft with such cuffs
Of a sword. Now a lick
"The Foreigner" by Amy Lowell
"For my thought flashes out as a sword, cleaving counsel as
clottage of cream;
And your incense and chanting are but as the smoke of burnt
towns and the scream;
And I quaff me the thick mead of triumph from enemies' skulls
in my dream!
"King Raedwald" by Helen Gray Cone

In news:

I don't know how many times I will have to learn this lesson before I get it through my thick skull: I cannot predict the future.
Looking like a gray headstone, the 18-inch-high, 14 to 17-inch-long and 3-inch-thick sacrificial rock revealed new ways that the Aztecs used skulls in their rituals.
When are politicians going to get it through their thick skulls that the criminals will always have guns.
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In science:

Susceptibility to TBI due to direct cranial mechanisms might scale according to skull size and/or thickness.
Working toward exposure thresholds for blast-induced traumatic brain injury: thoracic and acceleration mechanisms
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