Definitions

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  • adj. having a mental age of between seven and twelve years
  • adj. behaving in the manner of a moron; idiotic; stupid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having a mental age of between eight and twelve years; also used as a derogatory term.

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

  • adj. having a mental age of between eight and twelve years

Etymologies

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Examples

  • And calling his children "moronic" is just flat-out unkind.

    Obama and daughters visit frozen custard shop

  • That's as oxymoronic, and just plain moronic, as it gets. alexbroner

    Redefining Self-Sufficiency « PubliCola

  • To which Mr Mitchelmore responds: "Let me guess: offer them loads of cash to write drivel in moronic London newspapers?"

    April 2008

  • But much more then that, how moronic is it to join in a field ... to go thru a 4 year program (no matter how worthless it may be) without, apparently, knowing that the beginning pay is around $32K or so a year ... a damned good wage for a 182 day per year job.

    Sound Politics: "Ample provision" is a function of both funding and expenses

  • The idea that our presence takes away all motivation for them to work out self-government is, well, the word moronic comes to mind.

    McCain versus Obama.

  • Keep practicing, moron .. you may eventually be able to tackle 7-letter words -- try "moronic" -- for your next posting.

    Crooks and Liars

  • If I have a great blog post idea, or interesting thought about the world, instant feedback on whether it’s interesting, or true, or totally moronic, is an amazing resource.

    A Writer’s Greatest Tool: the Smartphone | Write to Done

  • By using the Olympics-snow situation as evidence of global warming, Obama is using the exact same short-term moronic argument that deniers are using in evidence against global warming.

    Think Progress » Obama explains climate science to global warming deniers.

  • Likewise, this week The New Yorker — a magazine which is known for its intelligence, sophistication and humor and which has featured the likes of Roth, Salinger, Munro and Cheever — stages a mock endorsement of opinions that can only be described as moronic, simple-minded and humorless.

    Satire Ain't Pretty: Hubbub at The New Yorker

  • The tribes were paying the two Washington operatives -- who in private e-mails referred to the Indians as "troglodytes," "monkeys" and "moronic" -- to defend their casinos.

    October 2004

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  • Online Etymological Dictionary sez:
    "1910, from Gk. (Attic) moron, neut. of moros 'foolish, dull' (probably cognate with Skt. murah 'idiotic;' L. morus 'foolish' is a loan-word from Gk.). Adopted by the American Association for the Study of the Feeble-minded with a technical definition 'adult with a mental age between 8 and 12;' used as an insult since 1922 and subsequently dropped from technical use. Linnæus had introduced morisis 'idiocy.'"

    October 6, 2008

  • Right. What if you are a baby with the 'mental age of between eight and twelve years' (whatever that means anyway...). Moronic?

    Look at that moronic infant doing calculus. What an idiot!

    October 6, 2008

  • But surely not everyone with a mental age of 8-12 is moronic. What about children age 8-12? They're not morons, are they? These definitions should say: "referring to adults with a mental age…"

    October 6, 2008

  • And duly added to the 'But technically it means...' list.

    October 6, 2008

  • I was jus' thunkin', if you go all the way back to the Greek root the term simply implies a dullard. So the age-groups are a modern attempt at definition, it appears.

    October 6, 2008

  • Dictionary battle: Wiktionary says it's between seven and twelve.

    According to Wikipedia the term moron was used in psychology to refer to someone with a mental age of 8 - 12 on the Binet scale, so we may have to let WordNet off this time.

    October 6, 2008

  • Weirdnet is always precise; there's no equivocation there.

    October 6, 2008

  • WordNet is very precise about this.

    October 6, 2008