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[mawr-on, mohr-] /ˈmɔr ɒn, ˈmoʊr-/
Informal. a person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgment:
I wonder why they elected that narrow-minded moron to Congress.
Psychology. (no longer in technical use; now considered offensive) a person of borderline intelligence in a former and discarded classification of mental retardation, having an intelligence quotient of 50 to 69.
1905-10, Americanism; < Greek mōrón, neuter of mōrós foolish, dull
Related forms
[muh-ron-ik] /məˈrɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
moronically, adverb
moronism, moronity
[muh-ron-i-tee] /məˈrɒn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples for moronic
  • It's a system so dead-simple many are bound to think it moronic.
  • He asked a moronic question of if complex number exists in physical reality.
  • It's moronic, but every once in a while it comes up with something amazing.
  • See, anyone can play the moronic game of citation oneupmanship.
  • If you cannot resist making a clever retort to a moronic message, write it, and then delete it.
  • It's the kind of moronic nonsense that can only be spouted by someone who doesn't have to take the risks of meeting a payroll.
  • Mandatory office hours on this scale are moronic, thought up by morons who have never been professors.
  • And the regalia they donned was more along the lines of t-shirts emblazoned with moronic slogans.
  • The former seemed moronic, the latter rich and interesting.
  • Hence your moronic statement about the global soils map.
British Dictionary definitions for moronic


a foolish or stupid person
a person having an intelligence quotient of between 50 and 70, able to work under supervision
Derived Forms
moronic (mɒˈrɒnɪk) adjective
moronically, adverb
moronism, moronity, noun
Word Origin
C20: from Greek mōros foolish
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Word Origin and History for moronic
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."
1921, from moron + -ic.
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moronic in Medicine

moron mo·ron (môr'ŏn')
A person of mild mental retardation having a mental age of from 7 to 12 years and generally having communication and social skills enabling some degree of academic or vocational education. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.

mo·ron'ic (mə-rŏn'ĭk, mô-) adj.
mo'ron'ism or mo·ron'i·ty (mə-rŏn'ĭ-tē, mô-) n.
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