: a stupid person
doltish adjective
doltishly adverb
doltishness noun

Examples of dolt in a Sentence

What a dolt I've been! he's always jokingly calling his best friend a dolt
Recent Examples on the Web In effect, those dolts have allied themselves with Hamas, a terrorist military cabal hell-bent on a latter-day holocaust. Noah Rothman, National Review, 26 Oct. 2023 Now with Eli getting older, Judy is stuck competing for dominance with her brothers: firstborn Jesse, played by Danny McBride in the traditional McBride mold of pompous, all-American dolts; and youngest brother Kelvin (Adam Devine), a youth minister who dresses like a wannabe Bieber. Jessica M. Goldstein, Washington Post, 16 June 2023 Our intolerable situation forces us to welcome such witless dolts to our side. Ana Marie Cox, The New Republic, 3 Apr. 2023 Also, thanks to movies like This Is Spinal Tap and Wayne’s World (which are both hilarious), the genre has gotten the reputation of being made for knuckleheaded dolts, which is unfair since smart, talented people from all walks of life identify with the genre. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 2 May 2023 Why is Shanahan such a dolt? Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Sep. 2021 The ongoing melodrama has revealed Greg Norman to be a dolt and Phil Mickelson a bumbler. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 9 June 2022 His horrifying misrule convinced even die-hard autocrats that the country could not survive with an incompetent dolt at the apex of power. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 11 Aug. 2021 The thing is, a person using their horn in this aggressive manner is seemingly saying that the other driver is a complete dolt. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History


probably akin to Old English dol foolish

First Known Use

1553, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dolt was in 1553

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“Dolt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dolt. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a stupid person
doltish adjective
doltishly adverb
doltishness noun

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