jobbernowl (plural jobbernowls):
- A person’s head, particularly if misshapen or blocky.
- 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”)