Do you think the definition of the word "stupid" is correct?

Having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense.
‘I was stupid enough to think she was perfect’
‘how could she be so stupid?’
‘that is such a stupid question’

Of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above average.
‘the article was of great interest’
‘she showed great potential as an actor’

The state of being without or not having enough of something.
‘there is no lack of entertainment aboard ship’
‘the case was dismissed for lack of evidence’

The ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
‘an eminent man of great intelligence’

Based on the definition of 'great', 'lack' and 'intelligence' I challenge the accuracy of the definition of 'stupid' and/or the examples in which it is used. What do you think?


  • ok!

  • I don't disrecommend the definitions, it's used correctly.

  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭

    Dictionary definitions do not set out to be accurate or inaccurate.
    They report on how words are actually used.

    What you omit from your first quotation is

    • a score of example sentence showing how stupid is used
    • more than a score of synonyms of unintelligent
    • a score of synonyms of foolish

    The second definition is supported by a similar number of example sentences showing how great is used

    Lack is a pretty straightforward word (and concept), so they think five examp[le sentences are enough. But they give over a score of synonyms.

    Intelligence is supported by similar numbers of example sentences and synonyms

    A dictionary is successful if it conveys the information as to word use to a particular group of readers. My personal judgement is that these four entries communicate pretty well to a wide range of native-speakers and non-native speakers.

    For a narrower readership of language learners, the COBUILD Dictionary offers:

    1. adjective
      If you say that someone or something is stupid, you mean that they show a lack of good judgment or intelligence and they are not at all sensible.

    For a more specialised reaedrship the OED offers

    a. Wanting in or slow of mental perception; lacking ordinary activity of mind; slow-witted, dull.

    as a heading to a list of examples showing how stupid in this particular sense has been used in writing from 1541 to 1849

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