Synonyms of ignorant in English:


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1‘an ignorant country girl’


uneducated, unknowledgeable, untaught, unschooled, untutored, untrained, illiterate, unlettered, unlearned, unread, uninformed, unenlightened, unscholarly, unqualified, benighted, backward

inexperienced, unworldly, unsophisticated

unintelligent, stupid, simple, empty-headed, mindless

informal pig-ignorant, thick, airheaded, thick as two short planks, as thick as two short planks, dense, dumb, dim, dopey, wet behind the ears, slow on the uptake, dead from the neck up, a brick short of a load, two sandwiches short of a picnic

British informal dozy, divvy, daft, not the full shilling

Northern English Scottish informal glaikit

North American informal chowderheaded, dumb-ass

West Indian informal dotish

South African informal dof

rare hebete


educated, knowledgeable

2‘middle-class women were ignorant of working-class life’


without knowledge, unaware, unconscious, insensible

unfamiliar with, unacquainted with, unconversant with, inexperienced in, uninitiated in, blind to, oblivious to, naive about, innocent about, green about, a stranger to

uninformed about, unenlightened about, unschooled in

informal in the dark about, clueless about, not knowing the first thing about, not having the faintest about

literary nescient, strange to


knowledgeable about

3‘she could be very ignorant, and he had no intention of getting in an argument’


rude, impolite, ill-mannered, bad-mannered, unmannerly, ungracious, discourteous, insensitive, uncivil, ill-humoured, surly, sullen

boorish, oafish, loutish, crude, coarse, vulgar, gross