Definition of stupid in US English:



  • 1Having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense.

    ‘I was stupid enough to think she was perfect’
    • ‘If you're stupid enough to be honest then you get what you deserve.’
    • ‘Deryck wasn't stupid enough to drink then drive his drunken friends home if he himself was drunk.’
    • ‘She had balked, not stupid enough to go to his turf, alone, so he could do her bodily harm.’
    • ‘I'm not stupid enough to think that we all feel the same way about everything.’
    • ‘If you are going to disrupt a good party and if you are stupid enough to fall out of a tree I want to see you writhing pain.’
    • ‘The music was too loud and I'd been stupid enough to choose to sit right under the one of the wall-mounted speakers.’
    • ‘Ice inhaled sharply craning her neck to see if any more were stupid enough to come out.’
    • ‘Any one who is stupid enough to think we live in the lap of luxury is out of their mind.’
    • ‘According to the authorities no one has been stupid enough to repeat the offence.’
    • ‘No one believes that Indian leaders would be stupid enough to let a nuclear war occur.’
    • ‘She was actually real good at vacuuming, but nobody was stupid enough to say that to her.’
    • ‘Sit for hours on end next to some poxy lake on the half chance that some fish will be stupid enough to bite the hook you've left lying around for them.’
    • ‘She would never be stupid enough to drink when she knew what the outcome could be.’
    • ‘Of course, he wasn't stupid or irresponsible enough to abscond completely.’
    • ‘The cat with its grey coat seemed to have been stupid enough to smuggle into my inner wears.’
    • ‘If she was stupid enough to try and run, Keen would catch her and make her one very sorry girl.’
    • ‘Girls are only sensitive about their weight if they are stupid enough to let it get to them.’
    • ‘It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end, someone will be stupid enough to try and overtake them.’
    • ‘Most accidents are caused by blowouts or other mechanical failures and stupid drivers with no common sense.’
    • ‘Lots of things scare me, including train surfing, which I'm not stupid enough to have done.’
    unintelligent, ignorant, dense, brainless, mindless, foolish, dull-witted, dull, slow-witted, witless, slow, dunce-like, simple-minded, empty-headed, vacuous, vapid, half-witted, idiotic, moronic, imbecilic, imbecile, obtuse, doltish
    foolish, silly, unintelligent, idiotic, brainless, mindless, scatterbrained, crackbrained, nonsensical, senseless, irresponsible, unthinking, ill-advised, ill-considered, inept, witless, damfool, unwise, injudicious, indiscreet, short-sighted
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    1. 1.1 Dazed and unable to think clearly.
      ‘apprehension was numbing her brain and making her stupid’
    2. 1.2informal Used to express exasperation or boredom.
      ‘she told him to stop messing with his stupid painting’


  • A stupid person (often used as a term of address)

    ‘you're not a coward, stupid!’
    • ‘It soon became apparent that he was suffering from the stupids when he repeatedly asked for directions to where we were already taking him.’
    • ‘They're still stupids who should not be allowed out in public.’
    • ‘I appreciate it a lot, but don't bother with the stupids, for it is wiser to just laugh at them.’
    • ‘You mean you said something like ‘hey stupids, stop writing me hate mail, I'm not the company’?’
    • ‘None of this is simply false: ideology is not a set of delusions foisted upon the stupid.’
    • ‘But anyway, it has now been over nine months since the terrorist attack, and the stupids are trying to cash in.’
    • ‘We had people of a certain genius who would go on to great things; and we had our fair share of stupids.’
    fool, nincompoop, dunce, dullard, ignoramus
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Mid 16th century: from French stupide or Latin stupidus, from stupere ‘be amazed or stunned’.