Moron Mo"ron (m[=o]"r[o^]n), n. [Gr. mw^ros foolish, stupid.] 1. (Pedagogy) A mentally retarded person whose intellectual development proceeds normally up to about the eighth year of age and is then arrested so that there is little or no further development; an adult having the mental development of an 8-to-12-year old. A moron is considered capable of doing routine work under supervision. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

2. Hence, a very stupid person. [informal, derogatory] [PJC] -- {mo*ron"ic} adj. -- {mo*ron"ic*al*ly} adv. -- {mo"ron*ism} n. -- {mo*ron"i*ty} n.

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