dullard

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dullard a person who evokes boredom
    • n dullard a person who is not very bright "The economy, stupid!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dullard A stupid person; a dunce.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dullard A dull or stupid person; a dolt; a blockhead; a dunce.
    • dullard Dull; doltish; stupid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dullard a dull and stupid person: a dunce
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Quotations

  • Sir Max Beerbohm
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    “The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dull, + -ard,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. doldwelan, to err; Dut. dol, Ger. toll, mad.

Usage

In literature:

The dullard does not want things which the man of lively imagination feels that he must have.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
Isabel, out of her abiding mischief, had dressed herself for a dullard's part.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
Not a whit more than that dullard knew a million years ago.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
Now Captain Wellsby was no dullard and he purposed to make short work of these vile pirates.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Tarquin brought with him his cousin Lucius Junius, or Brutus the Dullard.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
If I'd had more brain, I might have managed the rest; but I'm a dullard too.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
You reckoned without considering that the senior class were not all dullards.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Dullard as you must esteem Kurwenal, this time you shall not chide him.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
I might have expected mine host to be a dullard.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Those same dullards might talk of scattered boulders.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
He was not a dullard; he divined that these outer signs of change implied corresponding mental reversals.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
But explanation was needed, and explanation never came easily to this stalwart dullard.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
I could have whipped the dullards or cried with vexation.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
He is not an intellectual, and he certainly is not a dullard.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
Graceless he may have been, but a dullard the mercurial 'King Colley' was not.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
The two are therefore alike in this, that the dullard is capable of nothing, and the other finds nothing to suit him.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
If you were homely, and a dullard, I should entertain less apprehension about your future.
"Vashti" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
Miss Pratt, ruthless towards "slackers" or "dullards", slowly relaxed a tithe of her irony.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil
The truth was that he had so many pleasant things to think about that books were only the dullard's task.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
The talk of the dullard had become almost unendurable, when his companion saw a man on the street far ahead yawning.
"Among the Humorists and After Dinner Speakers, Vol. I" by Various
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In poetry:

You who await a visitor,
With patient and enquiring eyes,
Leaving us as dullards here,
Shortly shall be very wise.
"To A Lady Of Many Summers" by Edith Mirick
Allah's the atheist! he owns
no Allah. Sneer, thou dullard churl!
The Sufi worships not, but drinks,
being himself the all-divine.
"The Atheist" by Aleister Crowley
But hum, a-hum! I am mighty dumb,--
Who'd look at me then so kindly?
I'm a silly dullard--a-hum, a-hum!
To think the thing out so blindly.
"The Old Mountain Troll" by Gustaf Froding
See 'em go slouching there,
With cowed and crouching air
Dundering dullards!
How the whole nation shook
While Milord Beaverbrook
Fed 'em with hogwash!
"The Charge Of The Bread Brigade" by Ezra Pound
"Ned drives about in buggies,
Tom sometimes takes a 'bus;
Ah, cruel fate, why made you
My children differ thus?
Why make of Tom a DULLARD,
And Ned a GENIUS?"
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
It is to stand in cleansing light,
The cloud of dullard habit lifted,
To use a certainty of sight
And breathe an air by peril sifted,
The things that once we deemed of price
Consumed in smoke of sacrifice.
"The Cause" by Robert Laurence Binyon