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dunce (dʌns

Definitions

noun

  1. a person who is stupid or slow to learn

Derived Forms

ˈdunceˌlike  adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Dunses or Dunsmen, term of ridicule applied to the followers of John Duns Scotus, especially by 16th-century humanists

Synonyms

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= simpleton, moron, duffer (informal), bonehead (slang), loon (informal), goose (informal), ass, donkey, oaf, dullard, dimwit (informal), ignoramus, nitwit (informal), dolt, blockhead, halfwit, nincompoop, fathead (informal), dunderhead, lamebrain (informal), thickhead, numbskull or numskull

Example Sentences Including 'dunce'

Andy had wedged his head into an album sleeve and was wearing it like a dunce 's cap. He said again, `Naked men's buttocks.
David Cavanagh MUSIC FOR BOYS (2003)
`I am Judy Reeves, and this dunce is my brother," she announced.
Adair, Tom (Intro) Three Kinds of Kissing - Scottish Short Stories
"It had also been the first time he'd worn the dunce cap and stood in the corner.
Garth Nix LIRAEL: DAUGHTER OF THE CLAYR (2001)

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