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stupid

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 not having or showing an ability to absorb ideas readily
  • we watched as the stupid squirrels tried unsuccessfully to find a way to get the seeds from the new bird feeder
  • there are no stupid questions

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2 causing weariness, restlessness, or lack of interest
  • I can't believe we sat through the whole stupid movie

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3 showing or marked by a lack of good sense or judgment
  • not liking the captain is a stupid reason to quit the team

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stupid

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of stupid (Entry 2 of 2)

a stupid person
  • a genius at math, but a total stupid when it came to his love life

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Frequently Asked Questions About stupid

How does the adjective stupid contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of stupid are crass, dense, dull, and dumb. While all these words 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

When is it sensible to use crass instead of stupid?

The words crass and stupid are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, crass suggests a grossness of mind precluding discrimination or delicacy.

a crass, materialistic people

When can dense be used instead of stupid?

Although the words dense and stupid have much in common, dense implies a thickheaded imperviousness to ideas.

too dense to take a hint

When is dull a more appropriate choice than stupid?

While in some cases nearly identical to stupid, dull suggests a slow or sluggish mind such as results from disease, depression, or shock.

monotonous work that leaves the mind dull

In what contexts can dumb take the place of stupid?

In some situations, the words dumb and stupid are roughly equivalent. However, dumb applies to an exasperating obtuseness or lack of comprehension.

too dumb to figure out what's going on

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The first known use of stupid was in 1640

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“Stupid.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/stupid. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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