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Simple Simon

a simpleton.
Origin of Simple Simon
First recorded in 1775-85; after the nursery rhyme character Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for Simple Simon
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  • Meanwhile, the cause of all this mess, Simple Simon, was on his way to Golovliovo.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • Apparently it was through this opening that Simple Simon had disappeared.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • Speaking about Simple Simon what do you think they have got him believeing now.

    The Real Dope Ring Lardner
  • "They are laughing because I dance so awkwardly," said Simple Simon.

    The Blue Rose Fairy Book Maurice Baring
  • Says the pieman to Simple Simon, "Show me first your penny."

    Christmas Entertainments Alice Maude Kellogg
  • He strutted up and down in front of Phil, with a look of inordinate pride on his big, porridge-soft, Simple Simon face.

  • Its centre flattened, wavered, broke, and the impelling force was brought face to face with Simple Simon and the constable.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
  • Finally she found it best to convoke the family council for the purpose of deciding what was to be done with Simple Simon.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • Arina Petrovna paused, hoping that Simple Simon would give utterance to at least some sounds, but he was as dumb as a stone.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • "Simple Simon" gives all that the nursery has preserved of a long chapbook verse story.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
British Dictionary definitions for Simple Simon

Simple Simon

a foolish man or boy; simpleton
Word Origin
C20: after the name of a character in a nursery rhyme
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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