From French crétin (“fool”), from Alpine French crestin (“Christian”), from Vulgar Latin *christianus (“Christian”), from Ancient Greek Χριστιανός (Khristianós, “Christian”), from Χριστός (Khristós, “Christ”) (with -ιανός (-ianós, “-ian”)), from χριστός (khristós, “anointed”), from χρίειν (khríein, “to anoint; to rub”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrei- (“to rub”).
- (pathology) cretin (one who suffers from cretinism)
- (pejorative) cretin; idiot (person of low intelligence or common sense)
- (pejorative) jerk; douchebag (one with unlikable or obnoxious qualities and behaviour)
- A person affected by cretinism
- An idiot