stupid

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

Essential Meaning of stupid

1 : not intelligent : having or showing a lack of ability to learn and understand things 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.
2 : not sensible or logical : foolish Why are you being so stupid? It was stupid of me to try to hide this from you. See More ExamplesWe were stupid to wait so long before we made a decision. I did some pretty stupid things when I was young. a stupid movie a silly, stupid song a stupid decision/mistakeHide
3 : not able to think normally because you are drunk, tired, etc. Two glasses of wine are enough to make me stupid. I was stupid with fatigue.

Full 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

stupid

noun

Definition of stupid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a stupid person

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Adjective

stupidly adverb
stupidness noun

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Adjective

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

Frequently Asked Questions About stupid

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Unfortunately, since the stupid HVAC isn't working, protocol dictates that organs can no longer be transferred to rooms below a certain temperature. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 15 Oct. 2021 That would be pretty stupid and have inevitably undermined the totality of the Apple self-driving car efforts. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Had a successful surgery yesterday on my stupid toe and can’t wait to attack the process and get back to 100%. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 14 Oct. 2021 The lackluster start of the second show of the new season could have used some stupid lizard trash energy. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 10 Oct. 2021 Nasir Adderley missed a tackle that led to a stupid Njoku 71-yard go-ahead score. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2021 Years of battling with power-mad cops and court judges led to prison time and the hashtag #FreeMeekMill; stupid beefs with rappers and social media influencers, and a romance with rapper Nicki Minaj that grew sour lent fodder for internet mockery. Mosi Reeves, Rolling Stone, 4 Oct. 2021 With their Civil War beards and artisanal body odor and those stupid [expletive] doorknobs in their ears. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Just as bacon sizzling in a skillet sets the salivary glands into overdrive, the instant smack of an electric powertrain's acceleration paints a stupid grin on our face. David Beard, Car and Driver, 20 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stupid.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of stupid

Adjective

circa 1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stupid

Adjective

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

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“Stupid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stupid. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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stupid

adjective
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

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stupidly adverb

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