Adjective "idiot" definition and examples

(Idiot may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈɪdɪət/

Definitions and examples

noun

A stupid person.
  1. 'Which, all in all, does tend to make me look very much like an incomparable idiot.'
  2. 'I felt like such an idiot that morning, like a stupid dog that would follow him around wherever he went.'
  3. 'They think of me as an idiot, a fool, some disheveled thing rather than one of them.'
  4. 'Granted, they are still smarter than us but its one thing to be an idiot and quite another to choose to marry an idiot.'
  5. 'Stupid idiots that know they are going to die but don't care anyway.'
  6. 'It is not a laughing matter, and it is certainly not caused by working with someone - as these stupid little idiots implied.'
  7. 'The idiot students who got the broadcast internships are the same idiots who now have the broadcast jobs.'
  8. '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.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'Did we have idiots regulating morons or mice monitoring vipers?'
  11. '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.'

More definitions

noun

1. Informal. an utterly foolish or senseless person: If you think you can wear that outfit to a job interview and get hired, you're an idiot!

2. Psychology. (no longer in technical use; considered offensive) a person of the lowest order in a former and discarded classification of mental retardation, having a mental age of less than three years old and an intelligence quotient under 2

Origin

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’.