ignoramus[ig′nə rā′məs, -ram′əs]
A man acting like an ignoramus.
- The definition of an ignoramus is someone who lacks knowledge or is dumb.
An example of an ignoramus is someone who doesn't know their left from their right.
Origin of ignoramus; from the name of a lawyer in Geo. Ruggle's play Ignoramus (1615); Classical Latin literally , we take no notice (a legal term formerly written on a bill of indictment by a grand jury that finds it to be not a true bill)
Origin of ignoramusFrom New Latin ignōrāmus, a grand jury's endorsement upon a bill of indictment when evidence is deemed insufficient to send the case to a trial jury, from Latin, we do not know, first person pl. present tense of ignōrāre, to be ignorant; see ignore.
(plural ignoramuses or ignorami)
After the ignorant lawyer Ignoramus, the titular character in the 1615 play Ignoramus by the English playwright Georges Ruggle; from Latin ignōrāmus (“we do not know, we are ignorant of”), the first-person plural present active indicative of īgnōrō (“I do not know, I am unacquainted with, I am ignorant of”).
Directly from Latin ignōrāmus (“we do not know”).