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[stoo-pid, styoo‐] /ˈstu pɪd, ˈstyu‐/
adjective, stupider, stupidest.
lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull.
characterized by or proceeding from mental dullness; foolish; senseless:
a stupid question.
tediously dull, especially due to lack of meaning or sense; inane; pointless:
a stupid party.
annoying or irritating; troublesome:
Turn off that stupid radio.
in a state of stupor; stupefied:
stupid from fatigue.
Slang. excellent; terrific.
Informal. a stupid person.
Origin of stupid
1535-45; < Latin stupidus, equivalent to stup(ēre) to be numb or stunned + -idus -id4
Related forms
stupidly, adverb
stupidness, noun
unstupid, adjective
unstupidly, adverb
unstupidness, noun
Can be confused
ignorant, stupid.
Synonym Study
1. See dull. Unabridged
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  • stupidly Annixter drove the question home again, at his wits' end as to how to make conversation.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • stupidly Smith stared at the spot from which she had disappeared.

    The Tree of Life Catherine Lucille Moore
  • stupidly he spoke, his hands deep in his pockets, his head rolled forward.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • stupidly he sat gazing at the back of the gamin who slunk beside the aversion of the driver on the box.

    Loveliness Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • stupidly they stared after their escaped companion, whose black head was visible upon the water, steering for the land.

  • stupidly my eyes rested on the carefully lettered and numbered shelves of books, and then on the slovenly litter of the table.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • stupidly, I am still also bending over the outlet valve of the helmet, trying to see whether M'Clare is still breathing or not.

    The Lost Kafoozalum Pauline Ashwell
  • stupidly Nona Davis repeated the words aloud, because they puzzled her.

  • stupidly he was aware that the new minister was doing something by him that was not exactly usual.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
British Dictionary definitions for stupidly


lacking in common sense, perception, or normal intelligence
(usually postpositive) stunned, dazed, or stupefied: stupid from lack of sleep
having dull mental responses; slow-witted
trivial, silly, or frivolous
(informal) a stupid person
Derived Forms
stupidly, adverb
stupidness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French stupide, from Latin stupidus silly, from stupēre to be amazed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stupidly



1540s, "mentally slow," from Middle French stupide, from Latin stupidus "amazed, confounded," literally "struck senseless," from stupere "be stunned, amazed, confounded," from PIE *(s)tupe- "hit," from root *(s)teu- (see steep (adj.)).

Native words for this idea include negative compounds with words for "wise" (cf. Old English unwis, unsnotor, ungleaw), also dol (see dull), and dysig (see dizzy). Stupid retained its association with stupor and its overtones of "stunned by surprise, grief, etc." into mid-18c. The difference between stupid and the less opprobrious foolish roughly parallels that of German töricht vs. dumm but does not exist in most European languages.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for stupidly


adj,adj phr

Excellent; splendid; cool, rad: That's stupid/ Yep. Cool, mellow and stupid fresh (1980s+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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