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English

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Middle English, from Old French idiote (later idiot), from Latin idiota, from Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης (idiṓtēs, a private citizen, one who has no professional knowledge, layman), from ἴδιος (ídios, one's own, pertaining to oneself, private).

Pronunciation

Noun

idiot (plural idiots)

  1. (derogatory) A person of low general intelligence.
  2. (derogatory) A person who makes stupid decisions; a fool.
  3. (obsolete, medicine, psychology) A person of the lowest intellectual standing, a person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old; a person with an IQ below 30.

Usage notes

  • While pejorative, the word is only a weak insult, and between close friends or family members it may be used affectionately.

Synonyms

Antonyms

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Translations

Adjective

idiot (comparative more idiot, superlative most idiot)

  1. (uncommon) idiotic, stupid

Translations


Czech

Noun

idiot m

  1. (mildly vulgar) idiot (disliked or slow-witted person)
  2. idiot (person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old)

Related terms

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Further reading

  • idiot in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • idiot in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

French

Etymology

From Old French idiot (cf. also the older form idiote), borrowed from Latin idiōta, from Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης (idiṓtēs, layman) from ἴδιος (ídios, private).

Pronunciation

Adjective

idiot (feminine singular idiote, masculine plural idiots, feminine plural idiotes)

  1. idiotic; stupid

Noun

idiot m (plural idiots, feminine idiote)

  1. idiot

Further reading


Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης (idiṓtēs)

Noun

idiot m (definite singular idioten, indefinite plural idioter, definite plural idiotene)

  1. an idiot, imbecile, fool

Derived terms

References


Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης (idiṓtēs)

Noun

idiot m (definite singular idioten, indefinite plural idiotar, definite plural idiotane)

  1. an idiot, imbecile, fool

Derived terms

References


Old French

Alternative forms

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin idiōta, from Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης (idiṓtēs, layman) from ἴδιος (ídios, private).

Adjective

idiot m (oblique and nominative feminine singular idiote)

  1. ignorant; narrow-minded

Usage notes

  • The form idiote was sometimes used as both masculine and feminine, as a direct borrowing from Latin idiota.

Descendants

References

  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (idiot, supplement)

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from French idiot, itself borrowed from Latin idiōta, from Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης (idiṓtēs, layman) from ἴδιος (ídios, private).

Pronunciation

Noun

idiot m (plural idioți, feminine equivalent idioată)

  1. idiot, moron, imbecile

Synonyms

Adjective

idiot m, n (feminine singular idioată, masculine plural idioți, feminine and neuter plural idioate)

  1. stupid, idiotic, foolish, absurd

Declension

Synonyms


Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

From Latin idiōta, from Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης (idiṓtēs, a private citizen, one who has no professional knowledge, layman).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /idǐot/
  • Hyphenation: i‧di‧ot

Noun

idìot m (Cyrillic spelling идѝот)

  1. idiot

Declension

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Slovak

Etymology

From Latin idiōta, from Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης (idiṓtēs, a private citizen, one who has no professional knowledge, layman).

Pronunciation

Noun

idiot m (genitive singular idiota, nominative plural idioti, genitive plural idiotov, declension pattern of chlap)

  1. (derogatory) idiot

Declension

Derived terms

See also

Further reading

  • idiot in Slovak dictionaries at korpus.sk

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

idiot c

  1. (derogatory) idiot

Declension

Declension of idiot 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative idiot idioten idioter idioterna
Genitive idiots idiotens idioters idioternas