Green’s Dictionary of Slang

boofhead n.

[Lincolnshire dial.]
(orig. Aus.)

1. (also boof) a fool, an idiot, a simpleton; thus their physical head, also attrib.; thus adj. boofheaded, stupid.

[Aus]Coburg Leader (Vic.) 28 Sept. 4/1: Doolev says Prim and Gogs are the two biggest boof-heads in Coburg. So say all of us.
[Aus]Punch (Melbourne) 9 Dec. 5/1: More people have been drowned while some idiot of a man was trying to induce a boof-headed tyke to go to the rescue than were ever saved by the intervention of our wretched friend, Carlo.
[Aus]Punch (Melbourne) 30 Sept. 519/1: These boof-headed Teutons will continue to entertain high opinions of themselves [...] but, in reality, they are blunderers of the worst sort.
[Aus]Don Dorrigo Gaz. (NSW) 5 Nov. 4/4: The constable[ ...] admitted that the word ‘Boof’ was an abbreviation of a nick-name applied to him — the full title was ‘Boofhead’ — and he object ed to it, as he considered it insulting.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 8 SEPT. 5/3: Britt had ridden him a nice race but Big Head was a boof-head over the last half furlong, stopping to a walk.
[Aus]Western Mail (Perth) 6 Apr. 11/1: ‘Waal,’ replied the Yank, ‘I guess you’re lucky. I was here only two days and they were calling me a ‘boof-headed — .’.
[Aus]‘Boofhead’ in Truth (Brisbane) 28 Sept. 20: [strip cartoon] What’s the matter, Boofhead? This match won’t light. What’s the matter with it? I dunno.
[Aus]J. Morrison Black Cargo 76: Tell that to the shipowners, boof-head!
[UK](con. 1940s) G. Dutton Andy 42: Now look, boofhead, your job is guarding me.
[Aus]A. Chipper Aussie Swearers Guide 62: Boofhead. Person with a head like a boof, mythical Dream Time beast with a head the size of a boabab tree, and brain the size of a pea.
[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 245: boofhead (n) Moron, imbecile.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Real Thing 14: I’d stick [...] a grey wig on your big boofhead and purt you in charge.
[Aus]R.G. Barratt ‘TV Ads’ in What Do You Reckon (1997) [ebook] Up bowls this boofheaded cow-cocky.
[UK]K. Lette Llama Parlour 58: He was a total boof-head, a banana-bender.
[Aus]M. Coleman Fatty 304: ‘I heard there were about half a dozen blokes who were laughing along, but they were probably boofhead Queenslanders like him’.
[Aus]T. Winton Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster (1995) 95: Get off me, you boofhead!
[Aus]Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney) 11 July 40: Who they [i.e UK cricketers] are individually, and what their talents might be collectively, seem to be factors of complete irrelevance to the boofheads and bean counters who run the game.
[Aus]P. Temple Truth 35: He’s a boofhead [...] Always been one.
[Aus]D. Whish-Wilson Zero at the Bone [ebook] ‘Don’t give up, boof!’.
Twitter 8 Mar. 🌐 @Peter_Fitz [...] chooses to overlook all facts, details, and nuances. Boof-head!

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

[Aus]R.G. Barrett White Shoes 242: You don’t want to be held up by [...] boofhead reporters.
[Aus]Bug (Aus.) Apr. 🌐 Now I know [...] that these boofhead players sign contracts to behave and they’re supposed to be role models for young kiddies, etc, etc.

3. a person or animal having a large head.

[Aus]R. Rivett Behind Bamboo 395/1: Boof head, one with a big head.
[Aus]R. Raven-Hart Canoe in Aus. 108: I saw pelicans in flight [...] ‘boof-heads’ as Bevan called them.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 91: [of a dog] He gave King’s big boof head another pat.