One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person) stupid; idiotic.‘a doltish character’
stupid, idiotic, moronic, imbecilic, foolish, ignorant, simple, simple-minded, dense, brainless, mindless, dull-witted, dull, slow-witted, witless, half-witted, dunce-like, slow, cretinous, empty-headed, vacuous, vapidView synonyms
- ‘You are quite wrong to suggest that only the doltish unlettered can possibly believe in them.’
- ‘Her brother-in-law, the dashing, doltish Edward, almost brought the house down.’
- ‘Instead, we find a somewhat vulgar, vain and doltish character, who is bad with numbers, could not remember the names of the artists whose multimillion-dollar works hung on his walls, and lied about his age among other things.’
- ‘Finally there's the problem of arrogance, of the almost doltish clumsiness with which the powerful and confident can pursue their goals.’
- ‘Others give in to some influences, such as friends and peer pressure, but aren't so malleable that they can be forced to do doltish things.’
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