Thesaurus

Neanderthal

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of Neanderthal

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a big clumsy often slow-witted person
  • they looked like a tribe of Neanderthals compared to the bridegroom's patrician-looking family

Synonyms for Neanderthal

Words Related to Neanderthal

Near Antonyms for Neanderthal

2 a man with crude manners and habits and outmoded attitudes
  • made the mistake of dining with some Neanderthal who repeatedly mistook his shirtsleeve for a napkin

Synonyms for Neanderthal

Words Related to Neanderthal

Neanderthal

adjective
variants: or Neandertal

Synonyms & Antonyms of Neanderthal (Entry 2 of 2)

not civilized
  • her boyfriend's Neanderthal tastes and manners were often embarrassing

Synonyms for Neanderthal

Words Related to Neanderthal

Near Antonyms for Neanderthal

Antonyms for Neanderthal

See the Dictionary Definition 

Learn More About Neanderthal

Time Traveler for Neanderthal

Time Traveler

The first known use of Neanderthal was in 1874

See more words from the same year

Thesaurus Entries Near Neanderthal

ne'er-do-wells

Neanderthal

Neanderthals

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Neanderthal.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/Neanderthal. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on Neanderthal

Nglish: Translation of Neanderthal for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!