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id·i·ot

 (ĭd′ē-ət)
n.
1. A person who is considered foolish or stupid.
2. A person of profound mental retardation having a mental age below three years and generally unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.

[Middle English, ignorant person, from Old French idiote, from Latin idiōta, from Greek idiōtēs, private person, layman, from idios, own, private; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

idiot

(ˈɪdɪət)
n
1. (Psychiatry) a person with severe mental retardation
2. a foolish or senseless person
[C13: from Latin idiōta ignorant person, from Greek idiōtēs private person, one who lacks professional knowledge, ignoramus; see idio-]

id•i•ot

(ˈɪd 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.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin idiōta < Greek idiṓtēs private person, layman, person lacking skill =idiō- (variant of idio- idio-) + -tēs agent n. suffix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.idiot - a person of subnormal intelligenceidiot - a person of subnormal intelligence  
mongoloid - a person suffering from Down syndrome (no longer used technically in this sense)
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense

idiot

noun
1. fool, jerk (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), ass, plank (Brit. slang), charlie (Brit. informal), berk (Brit. slang), prick (derogatory slang), wally (slang), prat (slang), plonker (slang), moron, geek (slang), twit (informal, chiefly Brit.), chump, imbecile, cretin, oaf, simpleton, airhead (slang), dimwit (informal), dipstick (Brit. slang), dickhead (slang), gonzo (slang), schmuck (U.S. slang), dork (slang), nitwit (informal), blockhead, divvy (Brit. slang), pillock (Brit. slang), halfwit, nincompoop, dweeb (U.S. slang), putz (U.S. slang), eejit (Scot. & Irish), thicko (Brit. slang), dumb-ass (slang), gobshite (Irish taboo slang), dunderhead, numpty (Scot. informal), doofus (slang, chiefly U.S.), lamebrain (informal), fuckwit (taboo slang), mooncalf, nerd or nurd (slang), numbskull or numskull, galah (Austral. & N.Z. informal) I knew I'd been an idiot to stay there.
2. simpleton, cretin, halfwit the village idiot
adjective
1. stupid, simple, slow, thick, dull, naive, dim, dense, dumb (informal), deficient, crass, gullible, simple-minded, dozy (Brit. informal), witless, stolid, dopey (informal), moronic, obtuse, brainless, cretinous, unintelligent, half-witted, slow on the uptake (informal), braindead (informal), dumb-ass (slang), doltish, slow-witted, woodenheaded (informal) a bunch of idiot journalists

idiot

noun
One deficient in judgment and good sense:
Informal: dope, gander, goose.
Translations
أَبْلَهٌأبْلَه، مَعْتوهأحْمَق
абдал
idiotblbec
idiottåbe
idioot
idiootti
idiot
idióta
fífl, heimskingiörviti
ばか
바보
idiota
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idiotsmuļķis
idiot
idiot
абдал
idiot
mjinga
คนโง่
salakahmakgeri zekâlı kimse
thằng ngốc

idiot

[ˈɪdɪət]
A. N (= fool) → tonto/a m/f; (= imbecile) → idiota mf, imbécil mf
you (stupid) idiot!¡imbécil!
her idiot sonel idiota or imbécil de su hijo
B. CPD idiot board N (TV) → chuleta f, autocue m

idiot

[ˈɪdiət] nidiot(e) m/f
you idiot! → espèce d'idiot !

idiot

nIdiot m, → Dummkopf m, → Schwachkopf m; (old Med) → Idiot(in) m(f), → Schwachsinnige(r) mf; what an idiot!so ein Idiot or Dummkopf!; you (stupid) idiot!du Idiot!; where’s that idiot waiter?wo ist dieser blöde Ober?, wo ist dieser Idiot von Ober?; this idiot brother of minedieser Schwachkopf or Dummkopf or Idiot von meinem Bruder; what an idiot I am/was!ich Idiot!; to feel like an idiotsich dumm vorkommen; to look like an idiotdumm aussehen

idiot

:
idiot board
n (inf)Teleprompter m
idiot box
n (inf)Glotze f (inf)
idiot card
n (TV) → Neger m (spec)

idiot

[ˈɪdɪət] ndeficiente m/f, stupido/a

idiot

(ˈidiət) noun
1. a foolish person. She was an idiot to give up such a good job.
2. a person with very low intelligence.
ˈidiocy noun
ˌidiˈotic (-ˈotik) adjective
ˌidiˈotically adverb

idiot

أَبْلَهٌ idiot idiot Idiot ηλίθιος idiota idiootti idiot idiot idiota ばか 바보 idioot idiot idiota idiota идиот idiot คนโง่ salak thằng ngốc 白痴

idiot

a. idiota, imbécil.
References in classic literature ?
Such large virtue lurks in these small things when extreme political superstitions invest them, that in some royal instances even to idiot imbecility they have imparted potency.
Bill Starkey," continued John, "did not mean to frighten his brother into fits when he dressed up like a ghost and ran after him in the moonlight; but he did; and that bright, handsome little fellow, that might have been the pride of any mother's heart is just no better than an idiot, and never will be, if he lives to be eighty years old.
Well, it would make a cow laugh to see the shines that old idiot cut.
Said he wished he owned half of the dog, the idiot," said a third.
He once recited three thousand verses without stopping; but the strain upon his mental faculties was too great, and he was little better than an idiot from that day forth -- a grievous misfortune for the school, for on great occa- sions, before company, the superintendent (as Tom expressed it) had always made this boy come out and "spread himself.
And how'd they come to strike that idiot idea of going a-blackberrying in the night?
There was considerable of it, and Miss Miranda remarked, among other things, that so absent-minded a child was sure to grow up into a driveling idiot.
That a greater fool than Jane Eyre had never breathed the breath of life; that a more fantastic idiot had never surfeited herself on sweet lies, and swallowed poison as if it were nectar.
I 'never told my love' vocally; still, if looks have language, the merest idiot might have guessed I was over head and ears: she understood me at last, and looked a return - the sweetest of all imaginable looks.
I have got the money, and I should be a born idiot if I parted with it.
If I could work my will,' said Scrooge indignantly, `every idiot who goes about with "Merry Christmas" on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.
All the while knowing the madness of my heart to be so very mad and misplaced, that I was quite conscious it would have served my face right, if I had lifted it up by my hair, and knocked it against the pebbles as a punishment for belonging to such an idiot.