jobbernowl (n)

jobbernowl ‎(plural jobbernowls):

  1. A person’s head, particularly if misshapen or blocky.
  2. A stupid person; a blockhead.
  • 1693, Thomas Urquhart and Peter Anthony Motteux, translators, of François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel, original published 1532, volume 2 (p. 685 of 2009 BiblioBazaar publication):
    [She…] bathed his jobbernowl thrice in the fountain; then threw a handful of meal on his phiz […]
  • 1834, William Harrison Ainsworth, Rookwood: a romance, volume 2, Carey, Lea & Blanchard, p. 111:
    His toggery was that of a member of the prize ring – what we now call a “belcher” bound his throat – a spotted fogle bandaged his jobbernowl, and shaded his right peeper, while a white beaver crowned the occiput of the Magus.
  • 1868, William Conant Church, “The Ballad of Sir Ball,” The Galaxy, volume 5, p. 329:
    He stood on the backs of his brace of hacks, in equitation foul; / And either donkey wore what seemed a human jobbernowl.
  • 2006, Pamela Aidan, Duty and Desire: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, Simon and Schuster, p. 266:
    Trenholme groaned softly in the background, eliciting a sharp command from his brother to “shut his jobbernowl.”

Etymology: Middle English, compare French jobard ‎(“gullible, crazy”) and noll ‎(“head”)

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