First used as a noun in Early Modern English, from dialectal English dold (“stupid, confused”), from Middle English dold, a variant of dulled, dult (“dulled”), past participle of dullen, dollen (“to make dull, make stupid”), from dull, dul, dwal (“stupid”). More at dull.
- (UK) IPA(key): /dɒlt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dəʊlt/, /dɔʊlt/
- (US) IPA(key): /doʊlt/
- Rhymes: -əʊlt
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dolt (plural dolts)
- (derogatory) A stupid person; a blockhead or dullard.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:fool
- c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene ii], page 337:
- O Gull, oh dolt, / As ignorant as durt: […]
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene xii], page 361:
- Moſt Monſter-like, be ſhewne / For poor'ſt Diminutiues, for Dolts, […]
- 1627, Michael Drayton, Nimphidia, the Court of Faery
- This Puck seemes but a dreaming dolt.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for dolt in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)
- second- and third-person singular present indicative of dollen
- (archaic) plural imperative of dollen
- (to foster): doltaghey
- supine of .