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Noun: hammerhead  'ha-mur,hed
  1. The striking part of a hammer
     
  2. Medium-sized live-bearing shark with eyes at either end of a flattened hammer-shaped head; worldwide in warm waters; can be dangerous
    - hammerhead shark
     
  3. [informal] A stupid person; used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence
    - dunce, dunderhead [informal], numskull [informal], blockhead [informal], bonehead [informal], lunkhead [N. Amer], knucklehead [informal], loggerhead [archaic], muttonhead [informal], dumbass [N. Amer], lamebrain [informal], pea brain [informal], chucklehead [informal], chowderhead [N. Amer, informal], bubblehead [informal], numbskull [informal], clunk [N. Amer, informal], dumbhead [N. Amer, informal], twonk [Brit, informal], dumbo [informal], lunk [N. Amer, informal]

Derived forms: hammerheads

Type of: dolt [informal], dullard, head, meatball [N. Amer, informal], pillock [Brit, informal], pudden-head [US, informal], pudding head [informal], shark, stupe [N. Amer, informal], stupid, stupid person

Part of: genus Sphyrna, hammer, Sphyrna

Encyclopedia: Hammerhead, Hoof and Mouth