This video English lesson gives you 21 ways to call someone stupid in English. These are commonly used expressions.
A block is a solid piece of wood often used as a base for chopping things. A man with a similarly dense head would thus be known as a blockhead.
What a blockhead!
Bonkers means not right in the head.
With all the medical evidence against it, anyone who smokes must be completely bonkers!
A clod is a dense and heavy lump of earth. A stupid person might be considered to have a similar dense lump instead of a brain.
The man’s a clod!
A clot is a variation on the word clod. Blood will form a blood clot. Anyone who has a brain similar to a blood clot is going to be stupid.
You just know by looking at what some people do that they are completely crackers.
I love white water but most people think I’m crackers.
Whenever you cross the road, know that behind the steering wheel of every car there lurks a cretin whose sole purpose in life is to end yours.
Only a complete cretin drives a car while drunk.
A person who is daft is thought to be wanting in intellect.
You must be daft standing on the edge of that cliff.
Dolt derives from the word dull, which means not bright. A dolt is thus a dull or stupid person.
He fell for it? He actually believed me? What a dolt!
A duffer is a person who lacks ability or efficiency in business or occupation. It also refers generally to stupid or foolish people.
I just lost millions because I’m a complete and utter duffer!
Derived from the word dull, which means not bright, a dullard is a dull or stupid person.
What kind of dullard forgets to book the return flights?
This word derives from the name of John Duns Scotus, a theologian of the 12th Century. When his ideas were rejected in the 16th Century, his supporters refused to accept the “new learning”. They became known as Dun’s men, or Dunses.
So we got the word dunce which means a person too stupid to learn anything new.
The image of a student sitting in the corner with a pointed dunce’s cap on is well known.
Come on, John, you’re not a dunce.
A person judged to be mentally weak or feeble minded, basically stupid, can be called an imbecile.
Come on Susan, you’re better off without that imbecile!
The word moron was used in the early 20th Century to describe an adult with a mental age between eight and twelve. Taken from the Greek word meaning stupid, it is now used to describe stupid people.
How could you throw out my handbags, you moron?
This fun word dates back at least to the 17th Century and means a fool, blockhead or simpleton.
What kind of nincompoop wrote this report?
Another word with a long history, since the 16th Century, ninny has meant a simpleton or fool.
Don’t be such a ninny. Just do it again.
A nitwit is a stupid person, or a person of little intellect.
Watch that glass! Oh, you nitwit!
Numb means without sensation and skull is the bone surrounding your brain. It’s easy to see where this word originated. As the word numb has a silent letter b, so the word numskull lost the b in spelling.
I’m telling you, numskull, you’re digging up the wrong street.
A pudding is a thick and dense mixture of ingredients. Thick and dense are adjectives used to denote stupidity and you can see that a head filled with pudding would be somewhat intellectually challenged.
Listen you pudding-head, I told you to sell not buy!
Simple means not very complicated, and a simple person is one incapable of understanding complex things. Thus simpleton means a stupid person.
I’m not the simpleton, you are. When I said meet me at eight, I meant in the evening not the morning.
The adjective thick is used to mean stupid. A thickie is therefore a stupid person.
Listen, you thickie! If you don’t sort this out, you’re fired.
Birds twitter incessantly, but their song makes no sense to our ears. Thus a stupid person who talks nonsensically but constantly is deemed to be a twit.
Many twits have twittered on Twitter twitterings which even twits would not fain to tweet.