Definition of Neanderthal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//niˈændətɑːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//niˈændərtɑːl//
    (also neanderthal)
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  1. 1used to describe a type of human being who used stone tools and lived in Europe during the early period of human history Neanderthal man a Neanderthal axe
  2. 2(disapproving) very old-fashioned and not wanting any change neanderthal attitudes
  3. 3(disapproving) (of a man) unpleasant, rude and not behaving in a socially acceptable way
  4. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from Neanderthal, the name of a region in Germany, where remains of Neanderthal man were found.

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