Retarded vs Retired - What's the difference?

retarded | retired |

As adjectives the difference between retarded and retired

is that retarded is delayed; delayed in development, hindered; impeded while retired is secluded from society (of a lifestyle, activity etc); private, quiet.

As verbs the difference between retarded and retired

is that retarded is (retard) while retired is (retire).




(en adjective)
  • Delayed; delayed in development, hindered; impeded.
  • * 2004 , Duncan Mackay, The Observer , 8 Aug 2004:
  • HGH, which was originally developed to assist children with retarded growth, is believed to be especially popular with sprinters.
  • (chiefly, North America) Underdeveloped (of a person's intelligence, abilities etc.).
  • * 2000 , Kate Connolly, The Guardian , 19 Apr 2000:
  • The European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest, which is representing the children - from the north-eastern city of Ostrava - said that the education ministry and local authorities had for decades "perpetuated a system which routinely brands disproportionate numbers of Gypsies as mentally retarded ".
  • (colloquial, derogatory) Stupid, dumb.
  • * 1988 , Raymond E Feist, Faerie Tale :
  • Looking at Jack, Gabbie said, "What?" "That's the Troll Bridge." She groaned at the pun. "That's retarded ."
  • (physics) Designating a parameter of an electromagnetic field which is adjusted to account for the finite speed of radiation.
  • Verb

  • (retard)
  • retired



    (en adjective)
  • Secluded from society (of a lifestyle, activity etc.); private, quiet.
  • Of a place: far from civilisation, not able to be easily seen or accessed; secluded.
  • *1910 , , "The Saint and the Goblin", Reginald in Russia :
  • *:The little stone Saint occupied a retired niche in a side aisle of the old cathedral.
  • That has left employment (of a person), especially on reaching pensionable age.
  • The retired workers are a major expense due to their pensions.


  • (retire)
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