idiot etymology

English word idiot comes from Ancient Greek (to 1453) ἴδιος, and later Latin idiota ((pejorative) idiot.)

Detailed word origin of idiot

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ἴδιος Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
ἰδιώτης Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
idiota Latin (lat) (pejorative) idiot.
idiote Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
idiot English (eng) (uncommon) idiotic, stupid (obsolete, medicine, psychology) A person of the lowest intellectual standing, a person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old; a person with an IQ below 30.. (pejorative) A person of low general intelligence.

Words with the same origin as idiot

Descendants of ἴδιος
idiotic