Is "dumber" a real word?


According to most dictionaries, "dumber" is a real word. When it is used to describe a person, it compares relative intelligence levels; the "dumber" person is the one who is less intelligent than the smarter or more intelligent person.

An idea can be "dumber" than another idea as well. "Dumbest" is also a word. The "dumbest" person or idea is the one who is dumber than all others. Since "stupid" is similar to "dumb," the word "stupider" is a viable alternative for "dumber" in many sentences. The word "dumb" is generally considered offensive when it is used to describe people.

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