stu·​pid | \ ˈstü-pəd How to pronounce stupid (audio) , ˈstyü- \

Definition of stupid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : slow of mind : obtuse
b : given to unintelligent decisions or acts : acting in an unintelligent or careless manner
c : lacking intelligence or reason : brutish
2 : dulled in feeling or sensation : torpid still stupid from the sedative
3 : marked by or resulting from unreasoned thinking or acting : senseless a stupid decision
4a : lacking interest or point a stupid event
b : vexatious, exasperating the stupid car won't start



Definition of stupid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a stupid person

Other Words from stupid


stupidly adverb
stupidness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for stupid

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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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

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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."

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: Adjective Surely no one in America is stupid enough to fall for this. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 31 May 2022 Chris: The thing is it, this is stupid because the teachers don’t want guns. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 2 June 2022 There are at least three kinds of stupid at work here. Nr Editors, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 My clothes were wrong, my jokes were stupid, other kids didn’t like me. Ed Kressy, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Trump isn’t the only politician who has ever believed that allowing rivers to flow into oceans is stupid. David Owen, The New Yorker, 11 May 2022 VarietyThe Hollywood Reporter Daniel Radcliffe will dare to be stupid in his latest film. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 3 May 2022 The Ham & Eggers’ deforestation of Ocean Beach is stupid, even for them, and failure to inform residents was/is inexcusable. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 Frankly, Strand’s actions here are still less stupid than much of what’s come before. Erik Kain, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Others who wouldn't give their name called the mask mandate stupid or worse. Sonia Chopra, The Enquirer, 8 July 2020 See More

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First Known Use of stupid


circa 1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stupid


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

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“Stupid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for stupid


stu·​pid | \ ˈstü-pəd How to pronounce stupid (audio) , ˈstyü- \
stupider; stupidest

Kids Definition of stupid

1 : not intelligent : slow in understanding
2 : not sensible : foolish a stupid mistake
3 : not interesting or worthwhile a stupid plot

Other Words from stupid

stupidly adverb

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