- a person suffering from cretinism.
- a stupid, obtuse, or mentally defective person.
Origin of cretin
Examples from the Web for cretin
On the Rigi his musings on the magnificence of the view are checked by the presence of a cretin.Mountain Meditations
“It was rather a chouse to shoot a cretin, though,” said another, in chaff.Julian Home
Dean Frederic W. Farrar
Only twelve kinds of a cretin would have gone on when faced with anything like this.Call Him Savage
Of course, many people have goitre who are not cretins, but there is no cretin who has not goitre.How to Live
Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
Every crank's whim, every cretin's philosophy, is fired at him first of all.Shandygaff
- old-fashioned a person afflicted with cretinism
- offensive a person considered to be extremely stupid
Word Origin and History for cretin
1779, from French crétin (18c.), from Alpine dialect crestin, "a dwarfed and deformed idiot" of a type formerly found in families in the Alpine lands, a condition caused by a congenital deficiency of thyroid hormones, from Vulgar Latin *christianus "a Christian," a generic term for "anyone," but often with a sense of "poor fellow." Related: Cretinism (1801).
- A person afflicted with cretinism.