Is there a formal a word or phrase that refers to or describes a blissful yet idiotic person? Preferably a one word way to say "stupidly happy", but I'm open to idioms as well.

For example, a word that describes the kind of person who would ask "Why don't homeless people just buy themselves a house?" Someone who is always carefree, and cannot comprehend the concept of stress or difficulty.

I specifically want to describe a fat and wealthy British gentleman from the 1800s. Google was not helpful, it only yielded slang and references to a movie from 2014.

  • I guess in French, they are "imbeciles heureux".
    – GEdgar
    Dec 13, 2017 at 1:08
  • The man from la Manchester?
    – Phil Sweet
    Dec 13, 2017 at 2:20
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    There is the idiom "fat, dumb, and happy" (though not exactly an 1800s term).
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 13, 2017 at 3:24
  • There is kluck (meaning dumb and happy) from Flapper slang.
    – ermanen
    Dec 13, 2017 at 3:51
  • @ermanen thank you, but I am trying to refrain from slang. Dec 13, 2017 at 3:52

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One phrase to consider might be blissfully ignorant. It doesn't necessarily imply that the person is always "happy", but it describes a person who is content to be unaware of the unpleasant realities of a given situation.

(Edit: I know this is not a single word answer; the original question asked for a word or phrase.)


Quixotic may fit here to some extent, though it doesn't necessarily imply that the person is happy, just ignorantly optimistic.

quixotic (adj.) - Extremely idealistic; unrealistic and impractical.



Pierrot's movements and attitudes are chiefly in perpendiculars and parallels; so is his figure and dress. Punchinello is droll by being the reverse of all elegance, both as to movement and figure; the beauty of variety is totally and comically excluded from this character in every respect ...

Anecdotes of Mr. Hogarth: And Explanatory Descriptions of the Plates of Hogarth restored, by William Hogarth, 1803

another name for punch(4).
archaic - a short, stout, comical-looking person.

"Puncinello" Dictionary.com:

1 capitalized : a fat short humpbacked clown or buffoon in Italian puppet shows
2 plural punchinellos : a squat grotesque person

"Punchinello." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2017.

  • Although this is not the word I am looking for, it does fit a fat wealthy British man. I am very likely to use this in addition to the word I'm searching for =) Dec 13, 2017 at 2:45

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