NounIdiot (plural Idiots)
- (pejorative) A common term for a person of low general intelligence.
- (obsolete) A medical or psychological term meaning a person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old.
Adjectives for Idiot
mad; contemplative; congenial; insolent; blinking; sloppy; sentimental; monumental; stargazing; optimistic; notorious.
Verbs for Idiot
bar—; behave like—; conceal—; content—; control—; guard—; incarcerate—; lament —; manage—; mistrust—; play—; please —; shelter—; tolerate—; treat—; witness—; —amuses; —blinks; —dotes on; —giggles; —mistakes; —misunderstands; — ogles; —stares;
Synonyms for Idiot
- (all): eejit (Irish English)
Antonyms for Idiot
born fool, clot, congenital idiot, crackbrain, crackpot, cretin, defective, dement, demoniac, disordered personality, disturbed personality, donkey, double personality, drug user, dual personality, dullard, dullhead, dumbbell, dummkopf, dummy, emotionally unstable personality, energumen, escapist, fanatic, flake, fou, golem, half-wit, hostile personality, hypochondriac, hypochondriast, ignoramus, imaginary invalid, imbecile, immature personality, inadequate personality, inferior personality, jackass, jerk, jester, juggins, kook, loon, loony, lunatic, madman, malade imaginaire, maladjusted personality, maniac, mentally defective personality, meshuggenah, mongoloid idiot, moral insanity, moron, motley, multiple personality, natural, natural idiot, natural-born fool, neuropath, neurotic, neurotic personality, nincompoop, ninny, noncompos, nut, paranoid personality, perverse personality, phrenetic, psychoneurotic, psychopath, psychopathic personality, psychotic, psychotic personality, raving lunatic, schizoid, schizoid personality, screwball, seclusive personality, sexual psychopath, shut-in personality, simp, simpleton, sociopath, split personality, stupid, tomfool, valetudinarian, valetudinary, weak personality, weirdo, zany
From Middle English from Old French idiote from Latin idiota from Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης (idiotēs, “a private citizen, one who has no professional knowledge, layman”) from ἴδιος (idios, “one's own, pertaining to oneself, private”); ἰδιώτης was used derisively in ancient Athens to refer to one who declined to take part in public life.
This may be used pejoratively, as an insult. It is a weak insult, however, and between close friends, family members, or lovers, is often completely nonaggressive.
- (UK, US) IPA: /ˈɪd.iː.ət/, SAMPA: /"Id.i:.@t/
- (Ireland, Scotland) IPA: /iːdʒɪt/, SAMPA: /i:dZIt/
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- idiot (disliked or slow-witted person)
- idiot (person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old)
- IPA: /idǐot/
- Hyphenation: i‧di‧ot
idìot m. (Cyrillic spelling идѝот)