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  1. a stupid, insensitive person.
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Origin of dullard

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at dull, -ard

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Related Words for dullard

fool, dunce, idiot, blockhead, dope, imbecile, nitwit, simpleton, boob, dumbbell, dimwit, airhead, lunkhead, dork, meathead, lamebrain

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Historical Examples of dullard

  • The maid most probably thought her mistress bored, and the guest a dullard.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • He must be a dullard indeed who fails to understand their symbolism.

  • Dullard must he be who sees not abundance here to interest him.

  • With you obtained, I have grown a dullard, and left off dreaming.

    Godolphin, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The sloth or the dullard was soon taught by his people that he had mistaken his calling.

    The Colonies 1492-1750

    Reuben Gold Thwaites

British Dictionary definitions for dullard


  1. a dull or stupid person
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Word Origin and History for dullard


mid-15c. (but early 13c. as a surname), from dull (adj.) + -ard.

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