Meaning of Neanderthal

Ne•an•der•thal

Pronunciation: (nē-an'dur-thôl", -tôl", -täl" nā-än'dur-täl"), [key]
— adj.
  1. of or pertaining to Neanderthal man.
  2. (often l.c.)primitive, unenlightened, or reactionary; culturally or intellectually backward.
—n.
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  2. (often l.c.)
    1. an unenlightened or ignorant person; barbarian.
    2. a reactionary; a person with very old-fashioned ideas.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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