Idiot meaning

ĭdē-ət
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A very foolish or stupid person.
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A person of profound mental retardation having a mental age below three years and generally unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
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The definition of an idiot is a fool or stupid person.

An example of an idiot is a person who thinks it's safe to play in traffic.

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A disabled person mentally equal or inferior to a child two years old.
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A person who is considered foolish or stupid.
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(slang, derogatory) A proponent of intelligent design.
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A person with profound intellectual disability having a mental age below three years and generally unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
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Origin of idiot

  • Middle English ignorant person from Old French idiote from Latin idiōta from Greek idiōtēs private person, layman from idios own, private s(w)e- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Blend of ID (“intelligent design”) and idiot

    From Wiktionary