Definition of idiot in English:

idiot

Syllabification: id·i·ot
Pronunciation: /ˈidēət
 
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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
informal dope, ninny, nincompoop, chump, dimwit, dumbo, dummy, dum-dum, loon, dork, sap, jackass, blockhead, jughead, bonehead, knucklehead, fathead, butthead, numbskull, numbnuts, dumb-ass, doofus, clod, dunderhead, ditz, lummox, knuckle-dragger, dipstick, thickhead, meathead, meatball, wooden-head, airhead, pinhead, lamer, lamebrain, peabrain, birdbrain, mouth-breather, scissorbill, jerk, nerd, donkey, nitwit, twit, boob, twerp, hoser, schmuck, bozo, turkey, chowderhead, dingbat, mook
vulgar slang asshat
1.1 Medicine , archaic A mentally handicapped person.
More example sentences
  • Authorized in 1851, the New York State Asylum for Idiots received its first "pupils" in 1883.
  • Rumors have been current that the guardian of the Moscow Cemetery kept an idiot confined in chains.

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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