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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
First recorded in 1640-50; simple + -ton
Synonyms
dolt, fool, numskull, blockhead, ninny, dope.
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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.

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