dolt

[ dohlt ]
/ doʊlt /
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noun

a dull, stupid person; blockhead.

Nearby words

  1. dolphin striker,
  2. dolphinarium,
  3. dolphinfish,
  4. dolphy,
  5. dols.,
  6. dolton,
  7. dolus,
  8. dom,
  9. dom perignon,
  10. dom.

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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British Dictionary definitions for doltish

dolt

/ (dəʊlt) /

noun

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 doltish

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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