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Feb 7, 2012
This week's theme
Words to describe people

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wastrel
lummox
dilettante
roue
poseur

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with Anu Garg

lummox

PRONUNCIATION:
(LUHM-uhks)

MEANING:
noun: A clumsy, stupid person.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of uncertain origin, perhaps from East Anglian lummock (to move heavily or clumsily). Earliest documented use: before 1825.

USAGE:
"Adam is harshly portrayed as an oaf, a nimrod, a village idiot, a lummox, a schlemiel -- you get the idea."
Brad Wheeler; Humanizing Biblical Super Heroes; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Apr 23, 2009.

See more usage examples of lummox in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks. -Charles Dickens, novelist (1812-1870)

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