What does тупенькая means in below sentence?

-Ты говоришь по-английски?

-Нет, я тупенькая )
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    It's a colloquial and diminutive for "dumb". Feb 7, 2018 at 21:45
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    Diminutive for "stupid", not offensive
    – V.V.
    Feb 8, 2018 at 8:23

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It means thick (headed). Grammatically it is the word тупая with the suffix -еньк(ая) (-ая is ending)

-еньк (-оньк) is a suffix of adjectives, adverbs and nouns which imparts them diminutive connotation to either downtone their rudeness (as in тупенькая vs тупая), make them sound gentle or, in case of adverbs, to reduce their intensity and absoluteness

малый/ая - маленький/ая
чёрный/ая - чёрненький/ая
скоро - скоренько
тихо - тихонько
дочка - доченька
папа - папенька (archaic)
мама - маменька (archaic)
Петя - Петенька
Катя - Катенька
деревня - деревенька

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