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    Triple Platinum Member wumply's Avatar
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    Meaning of 'chucklepate'

    Question for Reverend since he's from England.

    I ran across this word in a book by an English author, R. E. Delderfeld...To Serve Them All My Days about life in an English prep school in the Twenties and Thirties. But here in the USA, the online dictionaries Merriam Webster and Dictionary.com cannot find it.

    Could you see if there are some online dictionaries over where you are that might define it.

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    I couldn't find "chucklepate" but I know the word "pate" relates to "head"

    So i took a wild guess and searched dictionary.com for "chucklehead" and it has two descriptions:

    chuck·le·head - A stupid, gauche person; a blockhead.

    chucklehead - A person with a large head; a numskull; a dunce.

    Results here

    Hope that helps.

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    Thanks. I kinda' suspected that was what it meant from the context.

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    I also found references to "Chuckle pate" but not "chucklepate". The answer is the same as Reverends.

    chuckle to laugh softly or in a half-suppressed manner.
    pate the head, or the top of the head.

    Found at WordSmyth

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