- an unenlightened or ignorant person; barbarian.
- a reactionary; a person with very old-fashioned ideas.
Origin of Neanderthal
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Early on, the sexual protagonist complains that her Molson-drinking husband is pretty much an incompetent Neanderthal.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If you think of yourself as more than a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal, you can stand up and be respectful.
“He was no Neanderthal,” says former U.S. senator Richard Bryan.The Cowboy Sheriff of Las Vegas Rides Into ‘Mob Museum’|John L. Smith|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Scientists extract complete Neanderthal genome from fossil—97 percent match to A&E programming.Up to a Point: 2013 in Review and Predictions for 2014|P. J. O’Rourke|January 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There have been many posts lately about countries with maternity/paternity leave, it's depressing how Neanderthal America seems.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories|Harry Siegel|February 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For the Neanderthal man vanished from the scene long before the beginning of recorded history.
None of these things are clearly found in conjunction with the Neanderthal race.
The brain of Neanderthal man was known to be of large size even when estimated from the original skullcap of the Neanderthal type.Men of the Old Stone Age|Henry Fairfield Osborn
Outline drawings of the two skulls are compared with the corresponding contour of the Neanderthal calvaria by Klaatsch.Prehistoric Man|W. L. H. Duckworth
The Neanderthal man inherited a stone culture which was already of great antiquity.
1861, in reference to a type of extinct hominid, from German Neanderthal "Neander Valley," name of a gorge near Düsseldorf where humanoid fossils were identified in 1856. The place name is from the Graecized form of Joachim Neumann (literally "new man," Greek *neo-ander), 1650-1680, German pastor, poet and hymn-writer, who made this a favorite spot in the 1670s. Adopting a classical form of one's surname was a common practice among educated Germans in this era. As a noun, by 1915; as a type f a big, brutish, stupid person from 1926.