Definitions for ignorantˈɪg nər ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ig•no•rant*ˈɪg nər ənt(adj.)

  1. lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned.

  2. lacking special knowledge or information.

  3. uninformed; unaware.

  4. showing lack of knowledge or training.

* Syn: ignorant , illiterate mean lacking in knowledge or training. ignorant may mean knowing little or nothing, or it may mean uninformed about a particular subject: An ignorant person can be dangerous. I confess I'm ignorant of higher mathematics. illiterate most often means unable to read or write; however, it sometimes means not well-read or not well versed in literature: classes for illiterate soldiers; an illiterate mathematician.

Origin of ignorant:

1325–75; ME < L ignōrant-, s. of ignōrāns, prp. of ignōrāre to ignore


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ignorant, nescient, unlearned, unlettered(adj)

    uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication

    "an ignorant man"; "nescient of contemporary literature"; "an unlearned group incapable of understanding complex issues"; "exhibiting contempt for his unlettered companions"

  2. ignorant, illiterate(adj)

    uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field

    "she is ignorant of quantum mechanics"; "he is musically illiterate"

  3. ignorant, unknowledgeable, unknowing, unwitting(adj)

    unaware because of a lack of relevant information or knowledge

    "he was completely ignorant of the circumstances"; "an unknowledgeable assistant"; "his rudeness was unwitting"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ignorant(adjective)ˈɪg nər ənt

    lacking knowledge or understanding

    A person can be ignorant without being stupid.; people who are ignorant of what is happening in the world

  2. ignorantˈɪg nər ənt

    lacking manners

    a rude, ignorant old man


  1. ignorant(Adjective)

    Unknowledgeable or uneducated; characterized by ignorance.

  2. ignorant(Adjective)

    Ill-mannered, crude.

    His manner was at best off-hand, at worst totally ignorant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ignorant(adj)

    destitute of knowledge; uninstructed or uninformed; untaught; unenlightened

  2. Ignorant(adj)

    unacquainted with; unconscious or unaware; -- used with of

  3. Ignorant(adj)

    unknown; undiscovered

  4. Ignorant(adj)

    resulting from ignorance; foolish; silly

  5. Ignorant(noun)

    a person untaught or uninformed; one unlettered or unskilled; an ignoramous

Translations for ignorant

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


knowing very little

He's really very ignorant; – he ought to read more; I'm ignorant about money matters.

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