Informal. an utterly foolish or senseless person: If you think you can wear that outfit to a job interview and get hired, you're an idiot!
Psychology. (no longer in technical use; considered offensive) a person of the lowest order in a former and discarded classification of intellectual disability, having a mental age of less than three years old and an intelligence quotient under 25.
- id·i·ot·ic [id-ee-ot-ik], /ˌɪd iˈɒt ɪk/, adjective
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How to use idiot in a sentence
If he says he’d much rather see you having sex with your ex, he’s an idiot.Outing a Celeb Sex Pest and Mourning Larry Flynt … Sorta | Eugene Robinson | February 11, 2021 | Ozy
The only way you become not an idiot is learning why you were an idiot.Country star Morgan Wallen suspended by record label, dropped by hundreds of radio stations after using racial slur | Emily Yahr | February 3, 2021 | Washington Post
I mean, when I hear the word “Dad,” what that means is, I’m an idiot.
He’s our unquestioned leader and, you know, we’re not idiots.Aaron Rodgers says ‘I don’t think that there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back’ with Packers | Mark Maske | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
So I wanted them to see a more human aspect of me, and not just that I’m some idiot doing things that they don’t agree with.You might know Morgan Wallen because of the SNL incident. But he’s poised to be the future of country music. | Emily Yahr | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
By Monday evening, it had been leaked to the blogger The Two-Bit idiot, who published it on the Web.
Over the next few months Davy Rothbart will be touring around America to promote his new book, My Heart Is an idiot.The Idiot Diaries: Davy Rothbart Launches His 79-City Book Tour | Davy Rothbart | September 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
My Heart Is an idiot: Essays By Davy Rothbart A young essayist is often a victim of his own open heart.
In honor of ‘Our idiot Brother,’ opening Friday, watch 11 dumbest movie brothers, from Fredo to Bart Simpson.
(“Ooh, she looks so cute,” whispered one upon sighting Zooey Deschanel, who also stars in My idiot Brother).'My Idiot Brother' Star Talks Sundance's Biggest Sale | Nicole LaPorte | January 24, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
“There are plenty of others, and the way they refute one another is to me a constant source of delight,” said the idiot.
“I think I can spot the sender,” said the idiot, fixing his eyes sternly upon the Poet.
“On the modern business principle that to accomplish anything you must work on a large scale,” said the idiot.
“To make the appeal stronger, let me take the month of July, which is now on,” resumed the idiot.
I guess he was a cousin of yours, all right,” laughed the Doctor; “that scheme bears the idiot brand.
British Dictionary definitions for idiot
a person with severe mental retardation
a foolish or senseless person
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