Definition of retarded in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈtärdəd/


1 dated or offensive Less advanced in mental, physical, or social development than is usual for one’s age.
Example sentences
  • He was also an adolescent with retarded social development, a Peter Pan who never grew up.
  • Now, it wasn't that Tim had any problems with his physical appearance, nor was he mentally retarded in any way.
  • He told the court that if a mentally retarded suspect was not competent to waive his rights, then the jury should not be allowed to hear the testimony of Russell.
1.1 informal, offensive Very foolish or stupid: in retrospect, it was a totally retarded idea


In the sense 'less advanced in development than is usual for one’s age', retarded dates from the late 19th century. It has acquired offensive connotations in recent decades, and terms such as developmentally disabled or having intellectual disabilities are now preferred in many contexts.

Words that rhyme with retarded


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Syllabification: re·tard·ed

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