Neanderthal

noun Ne·an·der·thal \ nē-ˈan-dər-ˌtȯl , -ˌthȯl ; nā-ˈän-dər-ˌtäl \

Definition of Neanderthal

1 or less commonly Neandertal play \nē-ˈan-dər-ˌtȯl, nā-ˈän-dər-ˌtäl\ : a hominid (Homo neanderthalensis syn H. sapiens neanderthalensis) known from skeletal remains in Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia that lived from about 30,000 to 200,000 years ago called also Neanderthal man
2 : one who suggests a caveman in appearance, mentality, or behavior

Neanderthal

or less commonly Neandertal adjective

Neanderthaloid

play \nē-ˈan-dər-ˌtȯ-ˌlȯid, -ˌthȯ-; nā-ˈän-dər-ˌtä-\ adjective or noun

Examples of neanderthal in a Sentence

  1. I can't believe I was married to that Neanderthal for three years.

  2. Some Neanderthals continue to resist the education reform bill.

Origin and Etymology of neanderthal

Neanderthal, valley in western Germany

Other Anthropology Terms


NEANDERTHAL Defined for English Language Learners

Neanderthal

noun

Definition of Neanderthal for English Language Learners

  • : a type of early human being that existed very long ago in Europe

  • : a man who is stupid and rude

  • : a person who has very old-fashioned ideas and who does not like change


NEANDERTHAL Defined for Kids

Neanderthal

noun Ne·an·der·thal \ nē-ˈan-dər-ˌthȯl \
variants: or Neandertal \-ˌtȯl\

Definition of Neanderthal for Students

: an ancient human who lived 30,000 to 200,000 years ago


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