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dullard

[duhl-erd] /ˈdʌl ərd/
noun
1.
a stupid, insensitive person.
Origin of dullard
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at dull, -ard
Synonyms
dunce, dolt, dumbbell, dummy.
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Examples from the Web for dullard
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  • The maid most probably thought her mistress bored, and the guest a dullard.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • He must be a dullard indeed who fails to understand their symbolism.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • dullard must he be who sees not abundance here to interest him.

  • With you obtained, I have grown a dullard, and left off dreaming.

    Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The sloth or the dullard was soon taught by his people that he had mistaken his calling.

    The Colonies 1492-1750 Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • If he comprehends only slowly or fails to understand, he is a dullard or a defective.

    The Silent Readers William D. Lewis
  • She had no sooner said it than I was convicted of being a dullard.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Graceless he may have been, but a dullard the mercurial 'King Colley' was not.

    The Age of Pope John Dennis
  • The only risk the dullard could take to express his agony was to roll his eyes.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • On the contrary, he dominated his fellows as absolutely as if he had been a dullard and a dunce.

    Books and Characters Lytton Strachey
British Dictionary definitions for dullard

dullard

/ˈdʌləd/
noun
1.
a dull or stupid person
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Word Origin and History for dullard
n.

mid-15c. (but early 13c. as a surname), from dull (adj.) + -ard.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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