Definition of dullard in US English:



  • A slow or stupid person.

    • ‘As everything else, in the book it's clever and subtle (it took several readings before it clicked), but in the film it's made explicitly clear for the dullards.’
    • ‘Avoid the dullards; avoid the folk who play it safe.’
    • ‘It's designed to give these dullards something to talk about at Julian and Nigel's next dinner party, so they can pretend they're hip and happening and up with all the high-priced culture and social trends this great city has to offer.’
    • ‘All one can say that is positive about this awful, stupid, imbecile dullard of a PM is that one day, soon he'll be gone and thank god for that.’
    • ‘History is littered with despots and psychopaths, murderous dullards, evil geniuses, deadly incompetents, calamitous brutes of all descriptions.’
    • ‘Our schools are, it would seem, turning out generation after generation of dullards, unable to read or do simple arithmetic.’
    • ‘It doesn't make men or women rude, sleazy, crooked, or unimaginative, but it provides opportunity for such dullards and for the genuinely contributory alike.’
    • ‘The well-behaved dullards of this world are content to play golf, and while it is true that I have occasionally played their game, I have never finished a round without cheating and moving my ball onto a dust of grass with my toe.’
    • ‘Men come off poorly in the piece, mostly as absent confused dullards hanging around the margins of their family's lives, irritating their spouses by their mulish refusal to read minds and anticipate what needs to be done.’
    • ‘Better to assign a team of lively-but-conflicted writers to review a slew of rotten books than a gang of dullards to the most deserving releases of the season.’
    • ‘We're developing a visual presentation that isn't simply the standard four faceless dullards banging through their barely discernible repertoire.’
    • ‘He is innocent by his ignorance, a simple dullard who can return to his yacht or gated manse comforted by the knowledge that he is not a crook.’
    • ‘Inexpensive areas to live are not, as some sophisticates on the coast suppose, attractive only to dullards and menial workers.’
    • ‘Don't you hate how Taurans get type-cast as plodding, stubborn, unimaginative dullards?’
    • ‘Imagine being in a bed next to those two dullards.’
    • ‘The colon is the sidearm of the canny production company, though, meaning that a programme can have an obscure name and then something which explains it to the dullards in the audience.’
    • ‘The liberal majority of the country were painted as racist dullards who would not take part in profitable foreign adventures for fear of being killed.’
    • ‘But at least he was passionate, colourful, and controversial - and what a contrast that is with the grey suited dullards running the game today?’
    • ‘The album is very consistent and there are no dullards on here.’
    • ‘The lefty dullards are the only ones getting decent airtime.’
    idiot, fool, stupid person, simpleton, ignoramus, oaf, dunce, dolt, moron, cretin, imbecile
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Middle English: from Middle Dutch dullaert, from dul ‘dull’.