- of or relating to Neanderthal man.
- (often lowercase) Informal. primitive, unenlightened, or reactionary; culturally or intellectually backward.
- Neanderthal man.
- (often lowercase) Informal.
- an unenlightened or ignorant person; barbarian.
- a reactionary; a person with very old-fashioned ideas.
Origin of Neanderthal
Examples from the Web for neanderthal
Early on, the sexual protagonist complains that her Molson-drinking husband is pretty much an incompetent Neanderthal.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
If you think of yourself as more than a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal, you can stand up and be respectful.Hey, Creeps, ‘Compliments’ Are Harassment, Too
November 5, 2014
“He was no Neanderthal,” says former U.S. senator Richard Bryan.The Cowboy Sheriff of Las Vegas Rides Into ‘Mob Museum’
John L. Smith
June 8, 2014
Scientists extract complete Neanderthal genome from fossil—97 percent match to A&E programming.Up to a Point: 2013 in Review and Predictions for 2014
P. J. O’Rourke
January 1, 2014
There have been many posts lately about countries with maternity/paternity leave, it's depressing how Neanderthal America seems.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
In truth, the Neanderthal cranium has most extraordinary characters.On Some Fossil Remains of Man
Thomas H. Huxley
It seemed but a step to the Neanderthal skull and our Troglodyte forbears.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
In stature, no important divergence from the Neanderthal type can be noted.
Herein they are strongly contrasted with skeletons of the Neanderthal group.
Of these four, the Neanderthal type is regarded as the most ancient.
- relating to or characteristic of Neanderthal man
- primitive; uncivilized
- informal ultraconservative; reactionary
- a person showing any such characteristics
Word Origin and History for neanderthal
1861, in reference to a type of extinct hominid, from German Neanderthal "Neander Valley," name of a gorge near Düsseldorf where humanoid fossils were identified in 1856. The place name is from the Graecized form of Joachim Neumann (literally "new man," Greek *neo-ander), 1650-1680, German pastor, poet and hymn-writer, who made this a favorite spot in the 1670s. Adopting a classical form of one's surname was a common practice among educated Germans in this era. As a noun, by 1915; as a type f a big, brutish, stupid person from 1926.
- An extinct variety of human that lived throughout Europe and in parts of western Asia and northern Africa during the late Pleistocene Epoch, until about 30,000 years ago. Neanderthals had a stocky build and large skulls with thick eyebrow ridges and big teeth. They usually lived in caves, made flaked stone tools, and were the earliest humans known to bury their dead. Neanderthals were either a subspecies of modern humans (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) or a separate, closely related species (Homo neanderthalensis). They coexisted with early modern humans (Cro-Magnons) for several thousand years before becoming extinct, but are not generally believed to have interbred with them. See also Mousterian.