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dunce (dʌns Pronunciation for dunce

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, bonehead, loon, goose, ass, donkey, oaf, dullard, dimwit, ignoramus, nitwit, dolt, blockhead, halfwit, nincompoop, fathead, dunderhead, lamebrain, thickhead, numbskull or numskull

Example Sentences Including 'dunce'

"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)
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)
As well as the dunce 's hat, they strapped a wooden plaque to my chest with iron bands, with my whole history written on it.
Craig, Mary Tears of Blood - A Cry for Tibet
Perhaps the Australian Cricket Board should make him stand in a corner with a dunce cap on instead.
Misc (1999)
`For many years, they have had the ` dunce of the week" for the player who does the silliest thing that week.
Misc (1999)
`I am Judy Reeves, and this dunce is my brother," she announced.
Adair, Tom (Intro) Three Kinds of Kissing - Scottish Short Stories

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