Neanderthal

noun

Ne·​an·​der·​thal nē-ˈan-dər-ˌtȯl How to pronounce Neanderthal (audio) -ˌthȯl How to pronounce Neanderthal (audio)
nā-ˈän-dər-ˌtäl
1
or less commonly Neandertal
nē-ˈan-dər-ˌtȯl How to pronounce Neanderthal (audio)
nā-ˈän-dər-ˌtäl
: a hominid (Homo neanderthalensis synonym 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 adjective
or less commonly Neandertal
Neanderthaloid
nē-ˈan-dər-ˌtȯ-ˌlȯid
-ˌthȯ- How to pronounce Neanderthal (audio)
nā-ˈän-dər-ˌtä-
adjective or noun

Example Sentences

I can't believe I was married to that Neanderthal for three years. Some Neanderthals continue to resist the education reform bill.

Word History

Etymology

Neanderthal, valley in western Germany

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Neanderthal was in 1874

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Cite this Entry

“Neanderthal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Neanderthal. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

Neanderthal

noun

Ne·​an·​der·​thal nē-ˈan-dər-ˌthȯl How to pronounce Neanderthal (audio) -ˌtȯl How to pronounce Neanderthal (audio)
nā-ˈän-dər-ˌtäl
1
or Neandertal
-ˌtȯl How to pronounce Neanderthal (audio)
-ˌtäl
: a primate mammal that belongs to the same family as human beings, lived from about 30,000 to 200,000 years ago, is known from skeletal remains in Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia, and is characterized especially by a stocky muscular build and prominent browridge

called also Neanderthal man

2
: one who suggests a caveman in appearance, behavior, or intelligence
Neanderthal adjective

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