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"idiot" in British English

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idiotnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɪd.i.ət/
B2 a ​stupidperson or someone who is ​behaving in a ​stupid way: Some idiot ​left the ​taprunning in the ​bathroom and there's ​watereverywhere. [as form of address] You ​stupid idiot - that's a month's ​work you've ​lost!

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

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idiotnoun [C]

 us   /ˈɪd·i·ət/
a ​foolishperson, esp. someone who has done something ​stupid: I ​felt like an idiot.
idiotic
adjective  us   /ˌɪd·iˈɑt̬·ɪk/
Whose idiotic ​idea was it to go ​camping?
(Definition of idiot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “idiot”
in Korean 바보…
in Arabic غَبي…
in Malaysian bodoh, dungu…
in French idiot, idiote…
in Russian идиот…
in Chinese (Traditional) 白癡, 笨蛋…
in Italian idiota…
in Turkish budala, aptal, salak…
in Polish idiot-a/ka…
in Spanish idiota…
in Vietnamese kẻ ngốc, người kém thông minh…
in Portuguese idiota, estúpido, -a…
in Thai คนโง่เง่า, คนปัญญาอ่อน…
in German der Idiot, der/die Schwachsinnige…
in Catalan idiota…
in Japanese ばか…
in Chinese (Simplified) 白痴, 笨蛋…
in Indonesian orang bodoh, orang tolol…
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