Definition of retarded in English:

retarded

Pronunciation /rəˈtärdəd/ /rəˈtɑrdəd/

adjective

  • 1dated, offensive Less advanced in mental, physical, or social development than is usual for one's age.

    • ‘He was also an adolescent with retarded social development, a Peter Pan who never grew up.’
    • ‘Now, it wasn't that Tim had any problems with his physical appearance, nor was he mentally retarded in any way.’
    • ‘He told the court that if a mentally retarded suspect was not competent to waive his rights, then the jury should not be allowed to hear the testimony of Russell.’
    • ‘Moreover, the issue of mentally retarded suspects waiving their rights raised important constitutional questions.’
    • ‘He spoke loudly and slowly, as if talking to someone mentally retarded.’
    • ‘He revealed to the press that his son was mentally retarded and asserted that he was incapable of committing such a crime.’
    • ‘Lennie is a loveable, but mentally retarded giant, who does not know his own strength and unwittingly kills the animals he loves to pet.’
    • ‘Maybe they find it easier to act retarded than actually help the retarded.’
    • ‘The only place at school where Hope felt secure was the special-ed classroom, where she helped the retarded kids learn their reading and math.’
    • ‘The plot turns on the importance of this retarded kid.’
    • ‘He doesn't do anything interesting or unique with Sam - it's a by-the-book portrayal of a retarded individual.’
    • ‘Am I so socially retarded that I can't have some decent friends?’
    • ‘She was blond, very thin, about 4 feet high, and obviously retarded.’
    • ‘If I weren't shy, I'd fight to get my emotionally retarded boy back.’
    • ‘As it deals with the retarded it's got a plus going for it already, but the whole tone here seems not quite as desperate and forced as the actual show.’
    • ‘In the end, it's hard to tell if Moving Malcolm is a botched look at the pain of love, the gravity of death, or the bonds created by a retarded family member.’
    1. 1.1offensive Very foolish or stupid.
      ‘in retrospect, it was a totally retarded idea’

Usage

In the sense ‘less advanced in development than is usual for one's age’, retarded dates from the late 19th century. It has acquired offensive connotations in recent decades, and terms such as developmentally disabled or having intellectual disabilities are now preferred

Pronunciation

retarded

/rəˈtärdəd/ /rəˈtɑrdəd/