dull·​ard ˈdə-lərd How to pronounce dullard (audio)
: a stupid or unimaginative person

Examples of dullard in a Sentence

The company is run by a bunch of dullards. often mistaken for a dullard because he never said much in discussions
Recent Examples on the Web They must get struck, bent, broken and shoved into the flames to mold the boy into a man, the dullard into a dagger. Tyler R. Tynes, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2023 Dropping the hammer from a stop gets it to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, which opens plenty of opportunities for maneuvering around traffic's pokey dullards. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 31 May 2023 So with just these few changes, the Saab 99 went from a rather efficient dullard to a sparkling performer. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, 23 Jan. 2023 Colin Farrell’s turn as a lovable dullard in Banshees of Inisherin and Bill Nighy as a bureaucrat rediscovering himself in Living both broke hearts on the festival circuit, and career-capstone nominations for each seem likely. Vulture, 29 Sep. 2022 Philosophers constantly argue as if every hypothetical person is either a dullard or a hyper-self-aware. Kyle Munkittrick, Discover Magazine, 20 Jan. 2011 Burwell focused on Farrell’s character, Pádraic, a farmer characterized by his friend as a dullard. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2022 This is a beautiful three-hour dullard, a study in inertia, its characters reflected all too faithfully by the film itself. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022 Moreover, that dullard of a husband, Richard (the late Don Galloway, who later in life wrote a libertarian newspaper column), is the secret hero of the film. Kyle Smith, National Review, 7 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dullard was in the 15th century

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“Dullard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dullard. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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