\ ˈdōlt How to pronounce dolt (audio) \

Definition of dolt

: a stupid person

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Other Words from dolt

doltish \ ˈdōl-​tish How to pronounce doltish (audio) \ adjective
doltishly adverb
doltishness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dolt


airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, bubblehead, chowderhead, chucklehead, clodpoll (or clodpole), clot [British], cluck, clunk, cretin, cuddy (or cuddie) [British dialect], deadhead, dim bulb [slang], dimwit, dip, dodo, donkey, doofus [slang], dope, dork [slang], dullard, dum-dum, dumbbell, dumbhead, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead [chiefly dialect], loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome [archaic], moron, mug [chiefly British], mutt, natural, nimrod [slang], nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull (or numbskull), oaf, pinhead, prat [British], ratbag [chiefly Australian], saphead, schlub (also shlub) [slang], schnook [slang], simpleton, stock, stupe, stupid, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo


brain, genius

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Examples of dolt in a Sentence

What a dolt I've been! he's always jokingly calling his best friend a dolt

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Be prepared for an even more authoritarian decent when the curtain is pulled back on this totally unwizardly dolt and his klan of dangerous fools. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Peter Fonda sorry for Barron Trump tweet but his tweets often go too far," 22 June 2018 Burned into our collective memory as the apparel of choice for gangsters like Tony Montana, playboys like Hugh Hefner, and the greatest dolt in fashion history, Derek Zoolander, silky menswear has been parodied into a pulp. Samuel Hine, GQ, "Silk Is This Season's Strongest Look," 1 May 2018 After all, those sipping the tea were wealthy and thus successful, while the dolts reading think tank reports were just bureaucrats, one Administration official groused. Philip Elliott, Time, "Inside Donald Trump's Twitter-Fueled Weekend Meltdown," 20 Feb. 2018 Never forget that conventional wisdom in 1981 regarded Reagan as a Hollywood dolt. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "The Godfather of Tax Reform," 20 Dec. 2017 But in the wake of Charlottesville, only a dolt would believe that explanation. Fred Kaplan, Slate Magazine, "James Mattis tells the troops that their president is failing them.," 28 Aug. 2017 Izzard plays Bertie as a dolt and a reactionary boob, in line with the movie’s opinion of anti-immigrant sentiment in present-day Europe. Gary Thompson,, "Judi Dench saves flimsy costume drama 'Victoria and Abdul'," 26 Sep. 2017 Democratic National Committee boss Tom Perez is a profane dolt and the party seems to care only about regaining power. Paul Jenkins, Alaska Dispatch News, "Maybe the time has come for Shut the Hell Up Week," 5 Aug. 2017 Bring it on hit me* to a large male who told him off golly just imagine what the unhinged teeny dolt could do an a good day. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Video: American Airlines employee challenges passenger to fight," 21 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of dolt

1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dolt

probably akin to Old English dol foolish

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English Language Learners Definition of dolt

informal : a stupid person

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