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dullard

[duhl-erd]
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noun
  1. a stupid, insensitive person.

Origin of dullard

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at dull, -ard

Synonyms

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dunce, dolt, dumbbell, dummy.
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Examples from the Web for dullard

Historical Examples

  • The maid most probably thought her mistress bored, and the guest a dullard.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • He must be a dullard indeed who fails to understand their symbolism.

  • Dullard must he be who sees not abundance here to interest him.

  • With you obtained, I have grown a dullard, and left off dreaming.

    Godolphin, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The sloth or the dullard was soon taught by his people that he had mistaken his calling.

    The Colonies 1492-1750

    Reuben Gold Thwaites


British Dictionary definitions for dullard

dullard

noun
  1. a dull or stupid person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for dullard

n.

mid-15c. (but early 13c. as a surname), from dull (adj.) + -ard.

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