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English definition of “neanderthal”

neanderthal

adjective     /niːˈæn.dəˌtɑːl/ US  /-dɚ-/
(of people or beliefs ) very old-fashioned and not willing to change : He criticized what he described as the 'neanderthal tendencies ' of the right wing of the party .Old or old-fashionedThe elderly disapproving (of people ) rude or offensive Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire
(Definition of neanderthal adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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