Definitions

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

  • n. A person regarded as mentally dull; a dolt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stupid person; a fool.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stupid person; a dunce.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dull or stupid person; a dolt; a blockhead; a dunce.
  • Dull; doltish; stupid.

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

  • n. a person who evokes boredom
  • n. a person who is not very bright

Etymologies

dull +‎ -ard (“pejorative agent suffix”) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Would he not be like one called a dullard or a clod?

    Angelic Wisdom about Divine Providence

  • Thus, a fellow with a low forehead and a weakly receding chin, Kerry classified as a dullard, a witling, unaware that if the brow were but low enough and the chin virtually absent altogether he might stand in the presence of a second Daniel.

    Dope

  • They were ok with Bush and his horrific policies (a dullard is their perfect candidate, see Palin) but Obama is just too different for them.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • Lou Ford is the kind of dullard you do anything to avoid --- he spouts the most inane cliches, he's Mr. Hearty to one and all, he's so damn friendly and boring he drives everybody crazy.

    Jesse Kornbluth: 'The Killer Inside Me': Read The Book Before You See The Movie

  • Furthermore, havng a below average IQ does not make one a "dullard".

    IQ, Achievement Motivation, and Culture, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Farmer's definition of a "dullard" ought to be enough, all on its own, to grant him admission to anywhere he wants to be.

    "Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got."

  • To Swinburne, as he says, the distinction between books and life is but a 'dullard's distinction,' and it may justly be said of him that it is with an equal instinct and an equal enthusiasm that he is drawn to whatever in nature, in men, in books, or in ideas is great, noble, and heroic.

    Figures of Several Centuries

  • "Despite the fact that for nigh on 10 years Dylan's been writing songs that deal in Americana clichés there seems little danger of him regressing into some kind of dullard purism like, say, Van Morrison."

    Expecting Rain

  • Austin is a gracious host and you've got to be some kind of dullard to have a bad time when everywhere you go there is free booze and free rock and roll. (sick people notwithstanding: my poor travel mate Jenna)

    Comments for BrightestYoungThings

  • Despite the fact that for nigh on ten years Dylan's been writing songs that deal in Americana cliches there seems little danger of him regressing into some kind of dullard purism like, say, Van Morrison's.

    Expecting Rain

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  • I feel like one of these today.

    September 23, 2008

  • Asses, Dullards, Merry Andrews,
    Mooncalves, at least one MP,
    Vauxhall Workers (and Execs), Clods,
    Paisleyites, Twerps, Plaid Cymru...

    - Peter Reading, The Euphemisms, from Tom O' Bedlam's Beauties, 1981

    June 29, 2008