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simpleton

[sim-puh l-tuh n] /ˈsɪm pəl tən/
noun
1.
an ignorant, foolish, or silly person.
Origin of simpleton
1640-1650
1640-50; simple + -ton
Synonyms
dolt, fool, numskull, blockhead, ninny, dope.
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  • She thought her brother was making a simpleton of himself, and had a great mind to tell him so.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I used to tell you it was the jessamine; the jessamine is a simpleton, I tell you.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • Stop, friend, said he to the smith, let the simpleton go; this is not past mending yet.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • He's hired to play for my dance, not to waste his time taking a simpleton home.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • A man who knows the world is a woman eater, and your 'pure' man is a simpleton.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
  • Almost any simpleton could cut wicks and fill candle-moulds.

    The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
  • But Issek was not a woman to be put down easily by a simpleton.

    Red Rooney R.M. Ballantyne
  • Hold your tongue, simpleton; it is not for you to control the decrees of the faculty.

  • The simpleton—he should have been left to manage things for himself—and where would he have been then?

    Dry Fish and Wet Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
British Dictionary definitions for simpleton

simpleton

/ˈsɪmpəltən/
noun
1.
a foolish or ignorant person
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Word Origin and History for simpleton
n.

1640s, probably a jocular formation from simple and -ton, suffix extracted from surnames. Cf. skimmington, personification of an ill-used spouse," c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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