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putty head

slang A foolish, stupid, or idiotic person—i.e., someone with putty for brains. Sometimes hyphenated or spelled as a single word. It's no surprise to me that the country's economy is tanking with that putty head in charge. How can you be such a putty head about this? Only a putty-head like you would think that.
See also: head, putty

puttyhead

n. a stupid person. (As if the person’s head were soft as putty. Also a term of address.) Look, you silly puttyhead, shut up!
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They had made their reputations "on the ground between literature and politics, with diminishing attention to literature." He criticized this position even more vehemently during his "Paris years" (1948-50) when he became acquainted with "the dandruff of Existentialism," a doctrine he charged was engendered by "the decomposition of the bourgeois carcass." His contacts in Greenwich Village, on the Rive Gauche, and in the university gave him a disdain for "putty-headed academics and intellectuals." He accused the universities of "disabling, confusing, and alienating students" and regrets that so many contemporary writers have become professors and have withdrawn from the real world.