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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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  • If you are out fishing, do not step over your rod, or you will catch no more fish than did Simple Simon in his mother's pail.

    Health, Happiness, and Longevity Louis Philippe McCarty
  • Apparently it was through this opening that Simple Simon had disappeared.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • Arina Petrovna had not the slightest idea of how Simple Simon spent his time.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • "They are laughing because I dance so awkwardly," said Simple Simon.

    The Blue Rose Fairy Book Maurice Baring
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • And this time Heartsease had no friend to talk to, for Simple Simon was not there, although she had news of him.

    The Blue Rose Fairy Book Maurice Baring
  • "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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