Definition of idiot in US English:



  • 1A stupid person.

    • ‘The potential for chaos and lawsuits and cranky alumni is there but these aren't idiots you have hired and people aren't as stupid online as you fear.’
    • ‘He and Paul were running around like idiots, acting more stupid than normal with the promise of summer so soon.’
    • ‘Yet, you are too stupid and self-absorbed to realize just how much of an idiot you are.’
    • ‘Granted, they are still smarter than us but its one thing to be an idiot and quite another to choose to marry an idiot.’
    • ‘There is nothing to be proud of or there is nothing clever about what these stupid idiots are doing.’
    • ‘Which, all in all, does tend to make me look very much like an incomparable idiot.’
    • ‘And he is not coming into court acting like an idiot and being stupid on the stand.’
    • ‘If he's such an idiot, how stupid are your guys to be losing to him this repeatedly?’
    • ‘Stupid idiots that know they are going to die but don't care anyway.’
    • ‘Instead, it's filled with a menagerie of idiots doing stupid things.’
    • ‘The idiot students who got the broadcast internships are the same idiots who now have the broadcast jobs.’
    • ‘I felt like such an idiot that morning, like a stupid dog that would follow him around wherever he went.’
    • ‘But unfortunately people did turn up, the stupid idiots, so I had to do my show.’
    • ‘Did we have idiots regulating morons or mice monitoring vipers?’
    • ‘According to reports, at least half of the one hundred sheer blinding idiots stupid enough to mount the fencing and jump needed treatment from paramedics.’
    • ‘It is not a laughing matter, and it is certainly not caused by working with someone - as these stupid little idiots implied.’
    • ‘So not only was it frustrating enough having stupid idiots bashing into us, we got caught on the edge of a fight that broke out involving about 15 guys.’
    • ‘First of all, that's a stupid name, those children are idiots.’
    • ‘It appears that we consumers would cease to be stupid, trusting idiots if the finance industry stopped being so obfuscating when persuading us to spend our money with them.’
    • ‘They think of me as an idiot, a fool, some disheveled thing rather than one of them.’
    fool, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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    1. 1.1archaic A mentally handicapped person.
      • ‘Rumors have been current that the guardian of the Moscow Cemetery kept an idiot confined in chains.’
      • ‘Authorized in 1851, the New York State Asylum for Idiots received its first "pupils" in 1883.’
      • ‘In 1324 idiots and lunatics had different rights in law, but now these words have lost their more precise meanings and become little more than insults.’


Middle English (denoting a person of low intelligence): via Old French from Latin idiota ‘ignorant person’, from Greek idiōtēs ‘private person, layman, ignorant person’, from idios ‘own, private’.