stupid

adjective
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

stupid

noun

Definition of stupid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a stupid person

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Other Words from stupid

Adjective

stupidly adverb
stupidness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for stupid

Synonyms: Adjective

airheaded, birdbrained, bonehead, boneheaded, brain-dead, brainless, bubbleheaded, chuckleheaded, dense, dim, dim-witted, doltish, dopey (also dopy), dorky [slang], dull, dumb, dunderheaded, empty-headed, fatuous, gormless [chiefly British], half-witted, knuckleheaded, lamebrain (or lamebrained), lunkheaded, mindless, oafish, obtuse, opaque, pinheaded, senseless, simple, slow, slow-witted, soft, softheaded, thick, thickheaded, thick-witted, unintelligent, unsmart, vacuous, weak-minded, witless

Synonyms: Noun

airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, bubblehead, chowderhead, chucklehead, clodpoll (or clodpole), clot [British], cluck, clunk, cretin, cuddy (or cuddie) [British dialect], deadhead, dim bulb [slang], dimwit, dip, dodo, dolt, donkey, doofus [slang], dope, dork [slang], dullard, dum-dum, dumbbell, dumbhead, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead [chiefly dialect], loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome [archaic], moron, mug [chiefly British], mutt, natural, nimrod [slang], nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull (or numbskull), oaf, pinhead, prat [British], ratbag [chiefly Australian], saphead, schlub (also shlub) [slang], schnook [slang], simpleton, stock, stupe, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo

Antonyms: Adjective

apt, brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, fast, hyperintelligent, intelligent, keen, nimble, quick, quick-witted, sharp, sharp-witted, smart, supersmart, ultrasmart

Antonyms: Noun

brain, genius

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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

The Nuggets giving Millsap all that money was stupid. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Lunch Special: Which former Broncos quarterback do you want back on this current roster?," 26 Aug. 2019 Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer Call it a stupid, good win. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Heads-up baserunning by Yasiel Puig leads Reds to 5-4 win over Brewers in 11 innings," 3 July 2019 Improv classes are supposed to be safe spaces for frank, even awkward conversations, where people feel fewer inhibitions to say stupid things that may just yield something useful. The Economist, "What companies can learn from comedians," 22 Aug. 2019 Guerrero’s nuclear fireworks display of a Home Run Derby was breathtaking, like something out of a video game with all the settings turned to maximum stupid. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Why Isn't Mookie Betts a Household Name? It's Complicated," 16 July 2019 But the explanation will probably turn out to be that a guard fell asleep, a rule wasn’t followed, oversight was poor, or other stupid mistakes were made. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Conspiracy Theories about Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Don’t Make Much Sense," 12 Aug. 2019 Look at all these stupid birds that have never seen a cat before. National Geographic, "Episode 5: The Zombie Mice of Marion Island," 9 July 2019 Neanderthals weren't stupid The beeswax compounds, along with diterpenes from a scraper and a flake from Grotta di Sant’Agostino, showed signs that the resin had been heated. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals glued their tools together," 2 July 2019 That said, the people who’ve pushed Medicare-for-all to its current level of prominence aren’t stupid, and are likely aware of all this. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The $21 trillion Pentagon accounting error that can’t pay for Medicare-for-all, explained," 3 Dec. 2018

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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

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 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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