big·​ot ˈbi-gət How to pronounce bigot (audio)
: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices
especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (such as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

Examples of bigot in a Sentence

"It's scandalous," he said, in the tones once used by Colonel Blimp, Britain's best-loved bigot, who adorned the pages of the Evening Standard throughout the 1930s. Nicholas Fraser, Harper's, September 1996
A bigot is a hater, she said. A bigot hates Catholics. A bigot hates Jews.  … It's no sin to be poor, she said. It is a sin to be a bigot. Don't ever be one of them. Pete Hamill, A Drinking Life, 1994
One had always to be mindful, moreover, that being a black scholar did not exempt one from the humiliations and indignities that a society with more than its share of bigots can heap upon a black person, regardless of education … John Hope Franklin, "John Hope Franklin: A Life of Learning," 1988, in Race and History1989
He was labeled a bigot after making some offensive comments. an incorrigible bigot who hasn't entertained a new thought in years
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Word History


French, hypocrite, bigot

First Known Use

1660, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bigot was in 1660

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Cite this Entry

“Bigot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


big·​ot ˈbig-ət How to pronounce bigot (audio)
: a person who won't listen to anyone whose ideas or beliefs are different from his or her own
especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial group) with hatred and intolerance
bigoted adjective

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