- characterized by a slowness or limitation in intellectual understanding and awareness, emotional development, academic progress, etc.
- Slang. stupid or foolish.
- (used with a plural verb) people who are slow or limited in mental development (usually preceded by the): new schools for the retarded.
Origin of retarded
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- to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
- to be delayed.
- a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.
- Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
- a contemptuous term used to refer to a person who is cognitively impaired.
- a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard.
- Automotive, Machinery. an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine so that the spark for ignition in each cylinder is generated later in the cycle.
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Related Words for retardeddummy, slow, dim, simple, imbecile, pinhead, stupid, touched, dumbbell, dull, subnormal, yo-yo, dumdum, backward, defective, dim-witted, dopey, exceptional, half-witted, moronic
- (tr) to delay or slow down (the progress, speed, or development) of (something)
- US offensive a retarded person
- US offensive a foolish person
Word Origin for retard
Word Origin and History for retarded
1810, "delayed," past participle adjective from retard (v.). In childhood development sense, "mentally slow," attested from 1895 (cf. Italian tardivi).
late 15c., "make slow or slower," from French retarder "restrain, hold (someone) back, keep (someone from doing something); come to a stop" (13c.) or directly from Latin retardare "make slow, delay, keep back, hinder" (see retardation). Related: Retarded; retarding.
The noun is recorded from 1788 in the sense "retardation, delay;" from 1970 in offensive meaning "retarded person," originally American English, with accent on first syllable. Other words used for "one who is mentally retarded" include retardate (1956), retardee (1971).