dolt

[dohlt]
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Origin of dolt

1535–45; variant of obsolete dold stupid, orig. past participle of Middle English dollen, dullen to dull
Related formsdolt·ish, adjectivedolt·ish·ly, adverbdolt·ish·ness, noun

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dolt

noun
  1. a slow-witted or stupid person
Derived Formsdoltish, adjectivedoltishly, adverbdoltishness, noun

Word Origin for dolt

C16: probably related to Old English dol stupid; see dull
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Word Origin and History for dolt
n.

1540s, perhaps a variant of dold "dull, foolish," influenced by dulte, dolte, past participle forms of Middle English dullen "to dull, make or become dazed or stupid" (see dull (adj.)). Related: Doltish; doltishly; doltishness.

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