Definition of Neanderthal
1 or less commonly Neandertal \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
Neanderthalor less commonly
Neanderthaloidplay \nē-ˈan-dər-ˌtȯ-ˌlȯid, -ˌthȯ-; nā-ˈän-dər-ˌtä-\ adjective or noun
Examples of neanderthal in a sentence
I can't believe I was married to that Neanderthal for three years.
Some Neanderthals continue to resist the education reform bill.
Origin and Etymology of neanderthal
Neanderthal, valley in western Germany
First Known Use: 1874
NEANDERTHAL Defined for English Language Learners
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
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