moron

[ mawr-on, mohr- ]
/ ˈmɔr ɒn, ˈmoʊr- /

noun

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.

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Origin of moron

1905–10, Americanism; < Greek mōrón, neuter of mōrós foolish, dull

OTHER WORDS FROM moron

mo·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
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British Dictionary definitions for moronity

moron
/ (ˈmɔːrɒn) /

noun

a foolish or stupid person
a person having an intelligence quotient of between 50 and 70, able to work under supervision

Derived forms of moron

moronic (mɒˈrɒnɪk), adjectivemoronically, adverbmoronism or moronity, noun

Word Origin for moron

C20: from Greek mōros foolish
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Medical definitions for moronity

moron
[ môrŏn′ ]

n.

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 moron

mo•ronic (mə-rŏnĭk, mô-) adj.moron′ism null n.
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