Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stupid person; a dunce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stupid person; a blockhead or dullard.
  • v. To behave foolishly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A heavy, stupid fellow; a blockhead; a numskull; an ignoramus; a dunce; a dullard.
  • intransitive v. To behave foolishly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To waste time foolishly; behave foolishly.
  • n. A dull, stupid fellow; a blockhead; a numskull.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who is not very bright

Etymologies

Middle English dulte, from past participle of dullen, to dull, from dul, dull; see dull.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First used as a noun in Early Modern English, from English dialectal dold ("stupid, confused"), from Middle English dold, a variant of dulled, dult ("dulled"), past participle of dullen, dollen ("to make dull, make stupid"), from dull, dul, dwal ("stupid"). More at dull. (Wiktionary)

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  • My personal favorite epithet.

    December 5, 2007