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I mean to say, when he sharply rebuked me for clumsiness or cried out "Stupid!"

Stupid Harriet caught her, boxed her ears, and tore the post-card into fragments.

Stupid things puns—made one myself then, though—just like me.

Stupid birds, eh, to think they were frightened when they weren't?

Stupid pupils, who could not remember the lesson, sometimes had to stay till ten.

He didn't add "Stupid," but he looked as if that were what he was thinking.

Stupid things that came as heir-looms, and have no pleasure belonging to them.

Stupid blockheads, to reverence their St. Edmund's dead Body in this manner?

Stupid, because they were incapable of the ideas the Liberals had.

"Stupid savage should have learned Italian by now," said Sordello.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "mentally slow," from Middle French stupide, from Latin stupidus "amazed, confounded," literally "struck senseless," from stupere "be stunned, amazed, confounded," from PIE *(s)tupe- "hit," from root *(s)teu- (see steep (adj.)).

Native words for this idea include negative compounds with words for "wise" (cf. Old English unwis, unsnotor, ungleaw), also dol (see dull), and dysig (see dizzy). Stupid retained its association with stupor and its overtones of "stunned by surprise, grief, etc." into mid-18c. The difference between stupid and the less opprobrious foolish roughly parallels that of German töricht vs. dumm but does not exist in most European languages.

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