Definition of cretin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkretɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkriːtn//
(informal, offensive) Stupid
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a very stupid person Why did you do that, you cretin? See related entries: Stupid Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French crétin, from Swiss French crestin ‘Christian’ (from Latin Christianus), here used to mean ‘human being’, apparently as a reminder that, though deformed, cretins were human and not beasts.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cretin