Neanderthal (adj.) 1861, in reference to a type of extinct hominid, from Ger. Neanderthal "Neander Valley," name of a gorge near Düsseldorf where humanoid fossils were identified in 1856. The place name is from the Graecized form of Joachim Neumann (lit. "new man," Gk. *neo-ander), 1650-1680, German pastor, poet and hymn-writer, who made this a favorite spot in the 1670s. Adopting a classical form of one's surname was a common practice among educated Germans in this era. As a noun, by 1915; as a type f a big, brutish, stupid person from 1926.

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  • Neanderthal — ► NOUN 1) (also Neanderthal man) an extinct human living in ice age Europe between c.120,000 35,000 years ago. 2) informal an uncivilized or uncouth man. ORIGIN from Neanderthal, a region in Germany where remains of Neanderthal man were found …   English terms dictionary

  • Neanderthal — Ne*an der*thal , prop. n. 1. (Anthropol.) A neanderthal human being; a member of the race {Homo sapiens} neanderthalensis; as, neanderthals were shorter than modern humans. [PJC] 2. One resembling a neanderthal human; a troglodyte; a cave man.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Neanderthal — Ne*an der*thal , prop. a. 1. (Anthropol.) Of, pertaining to, or named from, the Neanderthal, a valley in the Rhine Province, in which were found parts of a skeleton of an early type of man. The skull is characterized by extreme dolichocephaly,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Neanderthal — V. «hombre de Neanderthal». * * * VER Neandertal …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Neanderthal — [nē an′dərtäl΄nē an′dər thôl΄, nē an′dərtäl΄] adj. [Ger, lit., Neander valley (Ger thal, tal, valley, akin to DALE): after Joachim Neander (1650 80), Ger hymn writer] 1. designating, of, or from a valley in the Rhine Province, Germany 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • neanderthal — eanderthal adj. 1. uncouth in manners or appearance. Syn: boorish, clownish, loutish, oafish. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Neanderthal — Neanderthal, Thal bei Hochdahl im Kreise Elberfeld des Regierungsbezirks Düsseldorf (preußische Rheinprovinz); Marmorbrüche u. Schleifereien …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Neanderthal — → Neandertal …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • Neanderthal — For other uses, see Neanderthal (disambiguation). Neanderthal Temporal range: Middle to Late Pleistocene 0.6–0.03 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • Neanderthal — Das Neandertal (51° 13′ 36″  …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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