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neandertal Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun extinct robust human of Middle Paleolithic in Europe and western Asia
    Homo sapiens neanderthalensis; Neanderthal man; Neanderthal; Neandertal man.
  2. adjective relating to or belonging to or resembling Neanderthal man
    Neanderthal; Neanderthalian.
    • Neanderthal skull
  3. adjective satellite ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance
    boorish; neanderthal; loutish; oafish; swinish.
    • was boorish and insensitive
    • the loutish manners of a bully
    • her stupid oafish husband
    • aristocratic contempt for the swinish multitude
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