- lacking the ability to reason: a brute beast
- having no consciousness or feelings; insensate: the brute force of nature
- of or like an animal; specif., brutal, cruel, gross, sensual, stupid, etc.
Origin of bruteMiddle English and Old French brut from Classical Latin brutus, heavy, dull, irrational, via Osco-Umbrian from Indo-European base an unverified form gwer-, heavy from source Classical Greek barys, Classical Latin gravis
- an animal
- a person who is brutal or very stupid, gross, sensual, etc.