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Definition of the noun imbecile

What does imbecile mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: imbeciles

  1. a person of subnormal intelligence

Alternative definition of the noun imbecile


  1. [obsolete] A person with limited [l, en, mental] [l, en, capacity] who can perform [l, en, tasks] and think only like a young child, in medical circles meaning a person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal five to seven-year-old child.
  2. [context: pejorative] A fool, an idiot.

Definition of the adjective imbecile

What does imbecile mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. having a mental age of three to seven years


  1. Imbecile a.k.a. T.R. Chula: Chula is Cat R. Waul's main lackey. He's very eccentric, sadistic, and a bit on the insane side. He often does Waul's dirty work, such as giving Fievel 'the flying ahh', plugging up the water tower in Green River, and keeping Fievel trapped in a bottle while Waul was distracted by Tanya. He then proceeded to place the bottle over a candle and burn Fievel; that's his sadistic side. He tends to enjoy his job maybe a little too much.
  2. Imbecile a.k.a. El Imbécil is a fictional character from the 1999 comedy film Manolito Gafotas.


  1. "Imbecile" a.k.a. "Imbécile" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  2. "Imbecile" a.k.a. "Imbécile" is a musical album of Olivier Libaux.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  3. "Imbecile" is a musical EP of Portion Reform.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  4. "Imbecile" is a composition.


Imbecile was a medical category of people with moderate to severe intellectual disability, as well as a type of criminal. The term arises from the Latin word imbecillus, meaning weak, or weak-minded. It included people with an IQ of 21–50, between "moron" and "idiot".

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Google previewLittle Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2014)

by Julia Cresswell

imbecile. Originally an imbecile was physically weak. The root meaning may be ' without a supporting staff', from Latin baculum 'stick, staff'. The current sense dates from the early 19th century. inane This ...

Google previewThe Concise Pojulu-English Dictionary (2010)

First edition, 2010 by LB Lokosang

imbecile. mamalija vi: to act foolishly; to behave like an imbecile.

Google previewA Dictionary of Epithets and Terms of Address (2008)

by Leslie Dunkling

Imbecile A variant on the 'idiot/fool' theme, less often used than those common words and perhaps favoured by educated speakers. The Bell, by Iris Murdoch, has ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Education and Human Development (2015)

by Stephen J. Farenga, Immanuel Ness

By 1913 six more categories had been added¦moral imbecile, mental defective ( feebleminded), blind, deaf, epileptic, and physically defective. In 1945 there were twelve categories, with some incorporating more than one earlier designation ...

Google previewThe Concise Dictionary of English Etymology (1993)

by Walter W. Skeat, Walter William Skeat

imbecile, formerly imbecile ; see Imbecile. Emblem. (F. - L. - Gk.) O.V. embleme.

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

ignoramus, imbecile, jerk, moron, nerd, nincompoop, nitwit, simpleton idiotic asinine, crazy, daft, dumb, fatuous, foolhardy, foolish, harebrained, imbecile, inane, insane, lunatic, moronic, stupid, unintelligent idle dawdle, fruitless, futile, ...

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The Loogy and the Imbecile

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Imbecile Meaning

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An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark - that is critical genius. (Billy Wilder)
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Scrabble value of I1M3B3E1C3I1L1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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