- a person suffering from cretinism.
- a stupid, obtuse, or mentally defective person.
Origin of cretin
Examples from the Web for cretinous
Both films quite seriously question and call out the cretinous conception of "black masculinity" pushed in the idiom.The Hip Hop Inauguration
December 19, 2008
One editor at National Review—a friend of 30 years—emailed me that he thought my opinions “cretinous.”Buckley Bows Out of National Review
October 14, 2008
Of these cretinous calumnies, there were hundreds afloat for years on end.Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2)
Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
- old-fashioned a person afflicted with cretinism
- offensive a person considered to be extremely stupid
Word Origin and History for cretinous
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.