[ mawr-on, mohr- ]
/ ˈmɔr ɒn, ˈmoʊr- /
Informal. a person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgment: I wonder why they elected that narrow-minded moron to Congress.
Psychology. (no longer in technical use; now considered offensive) a person of borderline intelligence in a former and discarded classification of mental retardation, having an intelligence quotient of 50 to 69.
IT’S A WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ BONANZA!
This windfall of words will make you rich with knowledge. Mine your memory on the words from July 27 to August 2!
Question 1 of 7
What does "scattergood" mean?
a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.
a person who spends possessions or money extravagantly or wastefully; spendthrift.
a well-intentioned but naive and often ineffectual social or political reformer.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of moron
1905–10, Americanism; < Greek mōrón, neuter of mōrós foolish, dull
OTHER WORDS FROM moronmo·ron·ic [muh-ron-ik] /məˈrɒn ɪk/, adjectivemo·ron·i·cal·ly, adverbmo·ron·ism, mo·ron·i·ty [muh-ron-i-tee] /məˈrɒn ɪ ti/, noun
Words nearby moron
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
British Dictionary definitions for moronic
/ (ˈmɔːrɒn) /
a foolish or stupid person
a person having an intelligence quotient of between 50 and 70, able to work under supervision
Derived forms of moronmoronic (mɒˈrɒnɪk), adjectivemoronically, adverbmoronism or moronity, noun
Word Origin for moron
C20: from Greek mōros foolish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Medical definitions for moronic
[ môr′ŏn′ ]
A person of mild mental retardation having a mental age of from 7 to 12 years and generally having communication and social skills enabling some degree of academic or vocational education. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
Other words from moronmo•ron′ic (mə-rŏn′ĭk, mô-) adj.mo′ron′ism null n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.