Word forms: neanderthals
1. adjective [ADJ n] Neanderthal people lived in Europe between 35,000 and 70,000 years ago. ⇒ Neanderthal man was able to kill woolly mammoths and bears. ⇒ ...the late Neanderthal age. You can refer to people from the Neanderthal period as Neanderthals. ⇒ The Neanderthals were very robust and quite different from us. 2. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n] 3. countable noun If you call a man a neanderthal, you disapprove of him because you think he behaves in a very uncivilized way. [disapproval] ⇒ In fact, many sympathized with me for having to put up with such a neanderthal of a boss. ⇒ ...drunken neanderthals.
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