adjective or noun see Boeotia

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  • Boeotian — B[oe]*o tian, a. [L. Boeotia, Gr. ?, noted for its moist, thick atmosphere, and the dullness and stupidity of its inhabitants.] Of or pertaining to B[oe]otia; hence, stupid; dull; obtuse. n. A native of B[oe]otia; also, one who is dull and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Boeotian — (also spelled Beotian) may refer to: * The people from Boeotia, a region of central ancient Greece * One of several sub dialects of the Aeolic Greek dialect of the Greek language, spoken by the Boeotians. * A pejorative toponym, meaning stupid,… …   Wikipedia

  • boeotian — index opaque Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Boeotian — 1590s, ignorant, dull, from Boeotia, district around Thebes in ancient Greece (said to have been so called for its cattle pastures), whose inhabitants were characterized as proverbially dull and countrified by their neighbors, the Athenians. The… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Boeotian — [bē ō′shən] adj. 1. of or like Boeotia or its people or culture 2. like or characteristic of this people, reputed to be dull and stupid n. 1. a person born or living in Boeotia 2. a dull, stupid person …   English World dictionary

  • Boeotian — adjective of or relating to ancient Boeotia or its people or to the dialect spoken there in classical times (Freq. 1) Boeotian dialects • Pertains to noun: ↑Boeotia • Derivationally related forms: ↑Boeotia * * * I. (ˈ)bē|ōshən …   Useful english dictionary

  • Boeotian — 1. adjective /biːˈəʊʃən/ a) Pertaining to Boeotia. we will leave to thy sagacity to apply all this to the Boeotian writers, and to those authors who are their opposites. b) Stupid, foolish, dull witted. 2. noun /biːˈəʊʃən/ …   Wiktionary

  • Boeotian — /bee oh sheuhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Boeotia or its inhabitants. 2. dull; obtuse; without cultural refinement. n. 3. a native or inhabitant of Boeotia. 4. a dull, obtuse person; Philistine. [1590 1600; BOEOTI(A) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • boeotian — adj. without cultural refinement; dull n. obtuse or slow person …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Boeotian — [bɪ əʊʃ(ə)n] noun a native of Boeotia, an area of ancient Greece north of Athens. adjective relating to Boeotia …   English new terms dictionary

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