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stu·​pid ˈstü-pəd How to pronounce stupid (audio)
: slow of mind : obtuse
: given to unintelligent decisions or acts : acting in an unintelligent or careless manner
: lacking intelligence or reason : brutish
: dulled in feeling or sensation : torpid
still stupid from the sedative
: marked by or resulting from unreasoned thinking or acting : senseless
a stupid decision
: lacking interest or point
a stupid event
: vexatious, exasperating
the stupid car won't start
stupidly adverb
stupidness noun


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: a stupid person

Frequently Asked Questions

Is stupider a word?

Stupider is a perfectly good word that has been in use for hundreds of years. More stupid is also commonly used for the same purpose.

Is stupidest a word?

The word stupidest has been in use for hundreds of years; there is nothing wrong with it. Most stupid means the same thing, and people who don't like stupidest should feel free to use it instead.

How do you use stupider in a sentence?

Stupider can be used in any sentence in which degrees of stupidity are being compared. Many respected writers have used it, among them Louisa May Alcott, L. M. Montgomery, G.K. Chesterton, Thomas Hardy, and Jane Austen. In George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman, Don Juan says "Still, you must have noticed in your profession that even a stupid general can win battles when the enemy's general is a little stupider."

Choose the Right Synonym for stupid

stupid, dull, dense, crass, dumb mean lacking in power to absorb ideas or impressions.

stupid implies a slow-witted or dazed state of mind that may be either congenital or temporary.

stupid students just keeping the seats warm
stupid with drink

dull suggests a slow or sluggish mind such as results from disease, depression, or shock.

monotonous work that leaves the mind dull

dense implies a thickheaded imperviousness to ideas.

too dense to take a hint

crass suggests a grossness of mind precluding discrimination or delicacy.

a crass, materialistic people

dumb applies to an exasperating obtuseness or lack of comprehension.

too dumb to figure out what's going on

Examples of stupid in a Sentence

Adjective She angrily described her boss as a stupid old man. He had a stupid expression on his face. I'm not stupid enough to fall for that trick. Why are you being so stupid? It was stupid of me to try to hide this from you. We were stupid to wait so long before we made a decision. I did some pretty stupid things when I was young. Two glasses of wine are enough to make me stupid. I was stupid with fatigue. Noun a genius at math, but a total stupid when it came to his love life See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Who is actually the butt of this joke—Gillis, Dominicans, racist white people with their stupid haircuts? TIME, 23 Feb. 2024 In our show, the psychologist in the car, having therapy-like sessions, helps her passengers realize how unnecessary, how small and stupid their conflicts were in the face of the war. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2024 The All-Star Game has become a farce of a basketball game: guys chucking up shots from half-court and trying stupid dunks, all while not even a sniff of defense can be found. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 But stupid isn’t something that easily fixes itself. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Feb. 2024 The Rock said Cody Rhodes finishing his story is stupid logic, completely ignoring the fact that Rhodes won the Royal Rumble to earn his shot at WrestleMania and a 51-year-old TKO Executive tried to steal it from him just because. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 For some stupid, embarrassing reason, her eyes filled with water that ran down her face. Addie Citchens, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 And: 'If the AfD is the answer, then how stupid was the question?' Dr Conspiracy As the party’s support grows, however, so does the backlash against it. Sebastian Shukla, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 Who would be stupid enough to be late for a date with Alicia Keys? Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024
The stupid! Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 2 July 2021 People can be high achievers and still knee-walking stupid. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 29 Nov. 2022 It is described as a stupid-kids-in-the-woods story with a wry twist. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 20 Sep. 2022 But those options continue to be out of reach for the majority of those who are afflicted with this stupid, infuriating skin condition. Megan McIntyre,, 9 June 2022 Somebody who is dyslexic sometimes has this fear of being perceived as [stupid]. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 7 Mar. 2022 But right now, there’s a whole lot of stupid—Keizer has it right about that. David Treuer, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 In the final analysis, there are few things in tech that bring out the stupid to quite the degree that Apple does. Andy Meek, BGR, 17 June 2021 The two camps trade insults regularly on the platform, with people on opposing sides calling each other stupid or worse. Rong Xiaoqing, Curbed, 23 May 2021 See More

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Word History



Middle French stupide, from Latin stupidus, from stupēre to be numb, be astonished — more at type entry 1

First Known Use


circa 1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1640, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stupid was in 1640

Dictionary Entries Near stupid

Cite this Entry

“Stupid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: dull of mind : dense
: given to unwise decisions or actions : unthinking
: dulled in feeling or sensation
: showing or resulting from foolish thinking or acting : senseless
a stupid mistake
: not interesting or worthwhile : boring
a stupid movie
stupidly adverb
stupidness noun

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