A stupid person doesn’t have much intelligence or imagination, and they go through life making decisions that seem to lack all common sense. If you’ve got a brain but you don’t use it, you might be a bit stupid.

The word comes from a Latin adjective that means “amazed or stunned,” and stupid people are stunned by everything because their minds are numb. You can make a stupid mistake when you’re not thinking, and you can call someone stupid if you’re feeling cruel, like “Hey, Stupid.” Zombies are stupid because their brains are dead. If that makes sense to you, then you’re not stupid, and you’re also not a zombie. Well done!

Definitions of stupid
  1. adjective
    lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity
    anserine, dopey, dopy, foolish, gooselike, goosey, goosy, jerky
    having or revealing stupidity
    blockheaded, boneheaded, duncical, duncish, fatheaded, loggerheaded, thick, thick-skulled, thickheaded, wooden-headed
    (used informally) stupid
    cloddish, doltish
    heavy and dull and stupid
    dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow
    slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
    gaumless, gormless
    (British informal) lacking intelligence and vitality
    lumpen, lumpish, unthinking
    mentally sluggish
    nitwitted, senseless, soft-witted, witless
    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    deficient in intelligence or mental power
    stupid and ignorant like proverbial rural inhabitants
    lacking intelligence
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    showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness
    astute, savvy, sharp, shrewd
    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
    cagey, cagy, canny, clever
    showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others
    street smart, streetwise, with-it
    having the shrewd resourcefulness needed to survive in an urban environment
    having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree
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  2. adjective
    lacking intelligence
    synonyms: unintelligent
    brainless, headless
    not using intelligence
    relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development
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    having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree
    showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness
    agile, nimble
    mentally quick
    apt, clever
    mentally quick and resourceful
    brainy, brilliant, smart as a whip
    having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence
    bright, smart
    characterized by quickness and ease in learning
    born, innate, natural
    being talented through inherited qualities
    quick, ready
    apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity
    having a keen intellect
    brilliantly clever
    searching, trenchant
    having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect
    characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude)
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  3. adjective
    in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock
    “was stupid from fatigue”
    synonyms: dazed, stunned, stupefied
    mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently
  4. noun
    a person who is not very bright
    “The economy, stupid!”
    synonyms: dolt, dullard, pillock, poor fish, pudden-head, pudding head, stupe, stupid person
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    a stupid person who is easy to take advantage of
    blockhead, bonehead, dunce, dunderhead, hammerhead, knucklehead, loggerhead, lunkhead, muttonhead, numskull
    a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence
    (Yiddish) a clumsy dolt
    type of:
    simple, simpleton
    a person lacking intelligence or common sense
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