a dull, stupid person; blockhead.

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

Synonyms for dolt Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doltish

Historical Examples of doltish

  • Is it that doltish Jules, who looks an absolute fool, but may be masking his game!

    Messengers of Evil

    Pierre Souvestre

  • The common English are doltish; except in the North, where you won't do much with them.

  • You wanted me, my money, everything, and had nothing to give in return except your own doltish self.

    A Bottle of Old Wine

    Richard O. Lewis

  • I blushed at my idiocy; the idea of being so doltish and timid with a flower seller!

  • Such air as these Germans had was a blackguard air of doltish ugliness—dull, gross, incurable.


    Pierre Loti

British Dictionary definitions for doltish



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



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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