from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person afflicted with cretinism.
- n. Slang An idiot.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who fails to develop mentally and physically due to a congenital hypothyroidism.
- n. An idiot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One afflicted with cretinism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a numerous class of deformed idiots found in certain valleys of the Alps and elsewhere; one afflicted with cretinism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person of subnormal intelligence
The term cretin describes a person so affected, but, like such words as spastic, idiot, and lunatic, also is a word of abuse.
No. What makes Thomas a cretin is that he abdicates his JOB to decide whether punishments are cruel and unusual.
Dilan Esper: What makes Thomas a cretin is that he abdicates his JOB to decide whether punishments are cruel and unusual.
Surely this cretin is not Fucking With the Assistant!
Oh I am so glad you went off on a tangent and mentioned Eddie Murphy's annoying roles - reading about the irritating male friend that you called a cretin, kindly allow me to put Eddieee in that category.
I just learned the history of the word cretin today.
The word cretin is derived from the Latin creatura.
I've heard him called a cretin, "a retard", an idiot.
My reproductive rights are so important to me that I’m looking into moving to Canada if this (insert expletive here) low life cretin is actually elected to the Supreme Court.
Anyway, Friday evening I heard two of them — — one male, one female — — trying to figure out what the word cretin means.