Stupid – Synonyms

11.07.23 Synonyms Time to read: 2min

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The word “stupid” commonly defines a lack of intelligence and is mainly used in informal speech. In a broader sense, it can be understood as a restricted state of mind.

Another word for “stupid” is unintelligent or foolish. However, more synonyms will be listed in this article.

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“Stupid” – General synonyms

The following illustrates other words for “stupid” that may be used in everyday conversation as well as in academic writing.

  • Careless
  • Hasty
  • Ill-advised
  • Imprudent
  • Thoughtless
  • Uninformed
  • Unintelligent
  • Unreflective
  • Unthinking
  • Unwise

“Stupid” synonyms in the sense of unintelligent

Synonyms of the word “stupid” in the sense of unintelligent are:

  • Boeotian
  • Brainless
  • Deficient
  • Dense
  • Dull
  • Gullible
  • Simple-minded
  • Sluggish
  • Stolid
  • Thick
  • Thickheaded
  • Unintelligent

“Stupid” synonyms in the sense of silly

Synonyms of the word “stupid” in the sense of silly are:

  • Foolish
  • Idiotic
  • Irresponsible
  • Laughable
  • Ludicrous
  • Meaningless
  • Mindless
  • Pointless
  • Rash
  • Senseless
  • Short-sighted
  • Silly
  • Trivial
  • Unthinking

“Stupid” synonyms in the sense of senseless

Synonyms of the word “stupid” in the sense of senseless are:

  • Dazed
  • Groggy
  • Into-oblivion
  • Punch-drunk
  • Semiconscious
  • Senseless
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“Stupid” – Synonyms used in academic writing

In an academic context, the word “stupid” is not used. It is rather used in everyday language and has a negative connotation. However, synonyms for “stupid” are shown in examples below.

Are you looking for suitable synonyms for “stupid” for your academic paper? Have a look at the table below with the top suggestions from our BachelorPrint-Team.

“Stupid” Synonyms Examples
Foolish That was a stupid mistake.
That was a foolish mistake.
Naïve I can’t believe how stupid I was.
I can’t believe how naïve I was.
Clueless Stop acting so stupid.
Stop acting so clueless.


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Salome Stolle works as the brand manager for the English market at BachelorPrint. Throughout her 12-year residency in Denmark, she completed her International baccalaureate and Master’s in Culture, Communication, and Globalization with a specialization in media and market consumption. Through this experience, she has gained advanced competencies in academic writing and a high proficiency level in the English language. With her passion for writing, she does not only deliver well-written content but also strives to adjust to the students’ demands.

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