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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stupid mean? 

STUPID (noun)
  The noun STUPID has 1 sense:

1. a person who is not very bright

  Familiarity information: STUPID used as a noun is very rare.

STUPID (adjective)
  The adjective STUPID has 3 senses:

1. lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity
2. in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock
3. lacking intelligence

  Familiarity information: STUPID used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

STUPID (noun)

Sense 1stupid [BACK TO TOP]


A person who is not very bright

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


dolt; stupid person; stupid; stupe; pudding head; pudden-head; poor fish; pillock; dullard

Context example:

The economy, stupid!

Hypernyms ("stupid" is a kind of...):

simple; simpleton (a person lacking intelligence or common sense)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stupid"):

berk (a stupid person who is easy to take advantage of)

klutz ((Yiddish) a clumsy dolt)

STUPID (adjective)

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Lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity


yokel-like (stupid and ignorant like proverbial rural inhabitants)

weak (deficient in intelligence or mental power)

nitwitted; senseless; soft-witted; witless ((of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment)

lumpen; lumpish; unthinking (mentally sluggish)

gaumless; gormless ((British informal) lacking intelligence and vitality)

dense; dim; dull; dumb; obtuse; slow (slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity)

cloddish; doltish (heavy and dull and stupid)

blockheaded; boneheaded; fatheaded; loggerheaded; thick; thick-skulled; thickheaded; wooden-headed (used informally)

anserine; dopey; dopy; foolish; gooselike; goosey; goosy; jerky (having or revealing stupidity)


stupid; unintelligent (lacking intelligence)


smart (showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness)

Sense 2stupid [BACK TO TOP]


In a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock


dazed; stupid; stupefied; stunned

Context examples:

he had a dazed expression on his face / lay semiconscious, stunned (or stupefied) by the blow / was stupid from fatigue


confused (mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently)

Sense 3stupid [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking intelligence


unintelligent; stupid

Context example:

a dull job with lazy and unintelligent co-workers


moronic (having a mental age of between eight and twelve years)

idiotic; imbecile; imbecilic (having a mental age of three to seven years)

brainless; headless (not using intelligence)

feebleminded; half-witted; slow-witted (mentally deficient)


stupid (lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity)

retarded (relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development)


intelligence (the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience)

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