Meaning of “dullard” in the English Dictionary


"dullard" in English

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dullardnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdʌl.əd/ us /ˈdʌl.ɚd/ old-fashioned

Examples from literature

  • Dullards, unless their brains are stunted, may develop surprising intellectual keenness. 
  • I am taking him not to be a dullard but a poet. 
  • In tracing the natural history of a public-house I have found the respectable dullards the most revolting of my subjects. 
  • No man but a dullard without a spark of imagination could have witnessed the scene presented at that moment without experiencing a thrill which he would have found it difficult to describe. 
  • Only dullards, or the unthinking, can be surprised by the ease with which a quick-witted man, having some knowledge of Latin, can learn to read a novel in French, Italian, or Spanish. 

(Definition of “dullard” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)