AskDefine | Define moron

Dictionary Definition

moron n : a person of subnormal intelligence [syn: idiot, imbecile, cretin, changeling, half-wit, retard]

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English

Etymology

From Greek mōros 'foolish'.

Pronunciation

  • /mɔrɒn/

Noun

  1. A person of borderline intelligence in the former classification of mental retardation, having of an intelligence quotient of 50-69.
  2. A person who makes uncool, unfunny, uninteresting, or irrelevant (see lame) attempts to impress others and draw attention to himself, especially in a flawed attempt to act like someone else.

Usage notes

Though originally a psychological, clinical, and medical term, it is currently used as a pejorative term against someone of low intelligence, or even as just a general pejorative. Current term for having an IQ between 50 and 69 is mild mental retardation.

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Translations

a person of borderline intelligence
  • Dutch: idioot, mongol
  • Finnish: lievästi kehitysvammainen
  • Hungarian: gyengeelméjű
a person who makes uncool attempts to impress others
  • Dutch: mogool, mongol
  • Finnish: hölmö, tollo
  • Hungarian: hülye

Extensive Definition

Moron may refer to:
In places:
moron in German: Morón
moron in Spanish: Morón
moron in Dutch: Morón
moron in Swedish: Mörön

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ament, born fool, clot, congenital idiot, cretin, defective, dullard, dullhead, dumbbell, dummkopf, dummy, golem, half-wit, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, juggins, mongoloid idiot, natural, natural idiot, natural-born fool, simp, simpleton, stupid, zany
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