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[dohlt] /doʊlt/
a dull, stupid person; blockhead.
Origin of dolt
1535-45; variant of obsolete dold stupid, orig. past participle of Middle English dollen, dullen to dull
Related forms
doltish, adjective
doltishly, adverb
doltishness, noun
idiot, fool, clod, nitwit, dummy. Unabridged
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  • I looked at his furtive eyes and brutal, doltish face, but he kept them blank as a wall.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • You wanted me, my money, everything, and had nothing to give in return except your own doltish self.

    A Bottle of Old Wine Richard O. Lewis
  • Is it that doltish Jules, who looks an absolute fool, but may be masking his game!

    Messengers of Evil Pierre Souvestre
  • I blushed at my idiocy; the idea of being so doltish and timid with a flower seller!

  • The common English are doltish; except in the North, where you won't do much with them.

  • Such air as these Germans had was a blackguard air of doltish ugliness—dull, gross, incurable.

    War Pierre Loti
  • They enjoyed the situation, as the commercial traveller could see from their doltish looks.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • She almost touched him, but though his spirit recoiled, the doltish flesh would not be moved.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • What demon let loose your tongue, you who keep a doltish silence whenever I speak to you?

    A Start in Life Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for doltish


a slow-witted or stupid person
Derived Forms
doltish, adjective
doltishly, adverb
doltishness, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably related to Old English dol stupid; see dull
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Word Origin and History for doltish



1540s, perhaps a variant of dold "dull, foolish," influenced by dulte, dolte, past participle forms of Middle English dullen "to dull, make or become dazed or stupid" (see dull (adj.)). Related: Doltish; doltishly; doltishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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