Definition of idiot in English:

idiot

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪdɪət
 
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noun

informal
1A stupid person.
More example sentences
  • And he is not coming into court acting like an idiot and being stupid on the stand.
  • If he's such an idiot, how stupid are your guys to be losing to him this repeatedly?
  • According to reports, at least half of the one hundred sheer blinding idiots stupid enough to mount the fencing and jump needed treatment from paramedics.
Synonyms
1.1 archaic A person of low intelligence.
More example sentences
  • In 1324 idiots and lunatics had different rights in law, but now these words have lost their more precise meanings and become little more than insults.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a person of low intelligence): via Old French from Latin idiota 'ignorant person', from Greek idiōtēs 'private person, layman, ignorant person', from idios 'own, private'.

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