Definitions for IDIOTˈɪd i ət

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

id•i•otˈɪd i ət(n.)

  1. an utterly stupid or foolish person.

  2. a person of the lowest order in a former classification of mental retardation, having a mental age of less than three years and an intelligence quotient under 25.

    Category: Psychology

Origin of idiot:

1250–1300; ME < L idiōta < Gk idiṓtēs private person, layman, person lacking skill =idiō- (var. of idio-idio -) +-tēs agent n. suffix

Princeton's WordNet

  1. idiot, imbecile, cretin, moron, changeling, half-wit, retard(noun)

    a person of subnormal intelligence

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. idiot(noun)ˈɪd i ət

    a stupid person

    I've been such an idiot!


  1. idiot(Noun)

    A common term for a person of low general intelligence.

    usage note This may be used pejoratively, as an insult. It is a weak insult, however, and between close friends, family members, or lovers, is often completely nonaggressive.

  2. idiot(Noun)

    A medical or psychological term meaning a person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Idiot(noun)

    a man in private station, as distinguished from one holding a public office

  2. Idiot(noun)

    an unlearned, ignorant, or simple person, as distinguished from the educated; an ignoramus

  3. Idiot(noun)

    a human being destitute of the ordinary intellectual powers, whether congenital, developmental, or accidental; commonly, a person without understanding from birth; a natural fool; a natural; an innocent

  4. Idiot(noun)

    a fool; a simpleton; -- a term of reproach


  1. Idiot

    An idiot, dolt, or dullard is a mentally deficient person, or someone who acts in a self-defeating or significantly counterproductive way. Archaically the word mome has also been used. The similar terms moron, imbecile, and cretin have all gained specialized meanings in modern times. An idiot is said to be idiotic, and to suffer from idiocy. A dunce is an idiot who is specifically incapable of learning. An idiot differs from a fool and an ignoramus, neither of which refers to someone with low intelligence.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. idiot

    Synonym for PEBKAC, e.g. “The user is being an idiot”. Tech-support people passing a problem report to someone higher up the food chain (and presumably better equipped to deal with idiots) may ask the user to convey that there seems to be an I-D-ten-T error. Users never twig.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. IDIOT

    From Eng. _idea_, and _out_. One who is just out of ideas.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a foolish person

She was an idiot to give up such a good job.

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