stupid

adjective
stu·pid | \ ˈstü-pəd , 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

stupid

noun

Definition of stupid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a stupid person

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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

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

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer aren’t stupid or negligent. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs need to make a trade for a reliever, maybe two, maybe three, maybe . . .," 25 June 2018 Coinbase’s executives and investors aren’t stupid, of course. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The Ledger: The Risk for Crypto Firms of Playing by the Rules," 23 June 2018 But secondly, and most importantly, because neither one of them was stupid enough to put their lives in danger by taking their feud onto the track with them. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: IndyCar is just too dangerous for nasty rivalries," 7 July 2018 Just two guys in their 20s, young and stupid, sitting across from this banker in a suit. Sarah Nardi, Chicago Reader, "The Bongo Room turns 25: A look back at Wicker Park's beloved brunch spot," 5 July 2018 Plus, Ralph and Lizzie eventually emerge with enjoyably stupid creative license. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Rampage is the awesome Jurassic World sequel we got—but didn’t deserve," 4 July 2018 Eliminating basic functions of NOAA is foolhardy, ignorant, shortsighted, and very stupid. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Ocean science agency chief suggests removing 'climate' from mission statement," 25 June 2018 Obsess over every stupid thing that happened that day. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "11 Things Everyone Does When They Can't Fall Asleep," 13 June 2018 The conquistadors described them as the stupidest animals in the world. National Geographic, "What You Think You Know About Animals? Probably Not True," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of stupid

Adjective

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1712, 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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stupid

: not intelligent : having or showing a lack of ability to learn and understand things

: not sensible or logical

: not able to think normally because you are drunk, tired, etc.

stupid

adjective
stu·pid | \ ˈstü-pəd , 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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