id·​i·​ot·​ic | \ ˌi-dē-ˈä-tik \
variants: or less commonly idiotical \ ˌi-​dē-​ˈä-​ti-​kəl \

Definition of idiotic

1 : characterized by idiocy
2 : showing complete lack of thought or common sense : foolish

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Other Words from idiotic

idiotically \ ˌi-​dē-​ˈä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Recognizing how idiotic his comments were (not to mention the overwhelming irony), Whoopi started cracking up. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Stars Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain Lost It on Wednesday's Show," 10 Jan. 2019 Imagine crossing paths with your favorite celebrity, opening your mouth to ask them a question, and...saying something entirely idiotic instead. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "People Share Embarrassing Things They Said to Celebrities in Viral Twitter Thread," 11 Nov. 2018 Mumme walked into the locker room with the distinct feeling their strange new strategy was idiotic. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Tiny Iowa College That Changed the NFL," 23 Oct. 2018 Baseball mascots are idiotic by nature, but the Phanatic used a pneumatic hot dog gun to shoot hot dogs into the crowd. John Kass,, "Is it time for Time to get the Golden Moutza? Or will it be about Waters or water?," 29 June 2018 This project for the inculcation of proper human feelings through behavioral technique is either sinister or idiotic. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A good offense may be best defense for House GOP," 25 June 2018 June 12, 2018 At the time of publication, the account has already amassed around 92,000 followers (and rising quickly)—further proof that this is the exact brand of idiotic and surreal humor to soothe America’s chapped soul. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "'Wheel Of Fortune Answers' Is the Best Thing on Twitter Right Now," 12 June 2018 The newspaper would be thrown way in the next day’s trash and the only proof of the offending idiotic column would be in the memory banks of few readers. Mike Bianchi,, "Dumbest column I've ever written: Dwight Howard would be greater than LeBron James," 8 June 2018 Basic safety laws make so much sense, yet we're tied up in this idiotic political battle, ideological battle. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Warriors' Steve Kerr calls for change in wake of Santa Fe school shooting," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of idiotic

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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id·​i·​ot·​ic | \ ˌi-dē-ˈä-tik \

Kids Definition of idiotic

: foolish an idiotic story

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