- designating or of a widespread form of early human being (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) of the Upper Pleistocene
- crude or primitive
- reactionary; regressive
Origin of Neanderthalname of the place in the Rhine Province of Germany where the remains were first found from Neander, after Joachim Neander (1650-80), German hymn writer + German thal, tal, valley, akin to dale
- a Neanderthal human being
- a person regarded as crude, primitive, reactionary, etc.