[sim-puh l-tuh n]
- an ignorant, foolish, or silly person.
Origin of simpleton
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dolt, fool, numskull, blockhead, ninny, dope.
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Examples from the Web for simpleton
To put it charitably, this is the jurisprudence of the simpleton.Who to Blame for Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy
April 30, 2014
Hold your tongue, simpleton; it is not for you to control the decrees of the faculty.
You are such a simpleton, my dear, that one can hardly bear with you.
If she was not your grandmother, I should say that she was a simpleton.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
As Camille listened to his friend, he contemplated him with all the astonishment of a simpleton.Therese Raquin
He was more than ever sure that Grannie was a simpleton and Csar a brazen hypocrite.The Manxman
- a foolish or ignorant person
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Word Origin and History for simpleton
1640s, probably a jocular formation from simple and -ton, suffix extracted from surnames. Cf. skimmington, personification of an ill-used spouse," c.1600.
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