Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: imbécile, from imbécile 'weak, weak-minded', from Latin imbecillus, probably from baculum 'stick (for support)'

imbecile

noun
     
im‧be‧cile [countable]
someone who is very stupid or behaves very stupidly [= idiot]:
He looked at me as if I was a total imbecile.
imbecilic adjective
imbecility noun [uncountable and countable]

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary