dull·​ard | \ ˈdə-lərd How to pronounce dullard (audio) \

Definition of dullard

: a stupid or unimaginative person

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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 Perhaps, but like his dullard son-in-law who’s trying to split the vote by putting a troubled rapper on the ballot, the president playing a song in recognizable Republican chords. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "The World’s Dumbest Authoritarian," 18 Aug. 2020 April 7, 2020 The same goes for clueless, kilt-wearing dullard Sidney (Tim Key); Amanda’s aggressively insecure boyfriend, Chaz (Allan Mustafa); and the gabby, tactless Rebecca (Aisling Bea). Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Olivia Munn-Sam Claflin rom-com ‘Love Wedding Repeat’ doomed by high-concept mess," 10 Apr. 2020 Yet, the film waves off character development and merely side-eyes its frustrations with capitalism in its rush to convince us that this dullard is in fact a supervillain who is game to manipulate, maim and poison for a marble firepit. Amy Nicholson, New York Times, "‘The Occupant’ Review: Knock First," 25 Mar. 2020 All the characters, from the callow manipulators to the well-meaning dullards, are awash in cliché. Susanna Lee, The Conversation, "We’re living in the bizarre world that Flaubert envisioned," 10 Jan. 2020 There are cheapskates galore, dissemblers, busybodies, dullards and charlatans. A.e. Stallings, WSJ, "‘Characters’ Review: You Know the Types," 7 Dec. 2018 Usually the equal-weight S&P does better, as smaller members of the index outperform the dullards at the top. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Behemoths Have Dominated the Market Before, but Tech Is Different," 14 June 2018 Fishes have long been dismissed as dullards, but new observations and studies are proving this assumption wrong. Jonathan Balcombe, Scientific American, "Fishes Use Problem-Solving and Invent Tools," 1 May 2017 Big in Back As in Versas past, Nissan’s dynamic dullard relies on the showroom appeal of its sizable 15-cubic-foot trunk and a comfortable rear seat with 37.0 inches of legroom—nearly an inch more than the mid-size Nissan Altima. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "2017 Nissan Versa Sedan Automatic," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of dullard

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Dullard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dullard. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dullard

old-fashioned : a stupid and uninteresting person

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