Origin of idiot
Examples from the Web for idiot
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|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|DAILY BEAST
Idiot Americaby Charles P. Pierce Saddle-wearing dinosaurs sparked this extended rant on the current state of affairs.
There was silence for a minute, and then the Idiot began again.The Idiot|John Kendrick Bangs
They were very polite to all their husbands, and said 'Idiot!'Just So Stories|Rudyard Kipling
"That's what people said of Columbus's idea that he could discover America," said the Idiot.
“Well—a receipt in full for my bill to date,” said the Idiot.The Genial Idiot|John Kendrick Bangs
"I'd rather she'd stop flourishing and do a little writing," said the Idiot.
British Dictionary definitions for idiot
Word Origin for idiot
Word Origin and History for idiot
early 14c., "person so mentally deficient as to be incapable of ordinary reasoning;" also in Middle English "simple man, uneducated person, layman" (late 14c.), from Old French idiote "uneducated or ignorant person" (12c.), from Latin idiota "ordinary person, layman; outsider," in Late Latin "uneducated or ignorant person," from Greek idiotes "layman, person lacking professional skill" (opposed to writer, soldier, skilled workman), literally "private person (as opposed to one taking part in public affairs)," used patronizingly for "ignorant person," from idios "one's own" (see idiom).
Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. [Mark Twain, c.1882]
Idiot box "television set" is from 1959; idiot light "dashboard warning signal" is attested from 1968. Idiot savant attested by 1870.