Neanderthal[nē an′dər t̸hôl′, -täl′]
Neanderthal definition by Webster's New World
- designating, of, or from a valley in the Rhine Province, Germany
- designating or of a widespread form of early human being (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) of the Upper Pleistocene Epoch whose skeletal remains were first found in this valley
- crude or primitive
- reactionary; regressive
Origin: German literally , Neander valley (Ger thal, tal, valley, akin to dale): after Joachim Neander (1650-80), German hymn writer
- a Neanderthal human being
- a crude, primitive, reactionary, etc. person
Neanderthal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An extinct human species (Homo neanderthalensis) or subspecies (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) living during the late Pleistocene Epoch throughout most of Europe and parts of Asia and northern Africa and associated with Middle Paleolithic tools.b. An individual belonging to this species or subspecies.
- Slang A crude, boorish, or slow-witted person.
- Of, having to do with, or resembling Neanderthals.
- Slang Crude, boorish, or slow-witted.
Origin: After Neanderthal (Neandertal), a valley of western Germany near Düsseldorf.
- Ne·anˌder·thalˈoidˌ adjective
Neanderthal - Cultural Definition
- The term Neanderthal is sometimes used to refer to a person who is thought to have primitive or unenlightened ideas: “I tried talking politics to Joe, but he's a real Neanderthal.”
neanderthal - Science Definition