Origin of dunce
Examples from the Web for dunce
But such branding ostracizes that behavior, like the film should be forced to wear a dunce cap and publicly shamed in the corner.Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt Is the Everydude Superhero|Kevin Fallon|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The penalty for a miss is the same as in the sprint (Dunce Lap).
Like the pursuit, there are four stops for shooting, but in lieu of a Dunce Lap each miss adds a full minute to your total time.
If you miss you have to hit the 150m penalty loop, or as I like to call it, the Dunce Lap.
There are two shooting stops, one prone, one standing, Dunce Lap penalty for misses.
I think the most perthetic pictur in the hole lot is the one called "the Dunce."
The boy above Newton having kicked him, the dunce showed his pluck by challenging him to a fight, and beat him.
The Queen was not at chapel to-day, and all for the better, for we had a dunce to preach: she has a little of the gout.The Journal to Stella|Jonathan Swift
He was long described by his Spartan mother, who thought him a dunce, as only ‘food for powder.’
Your dunce who can't do his sums always has a taste for the infinite.Felix Holt, The Radical|George Eliot
British Dictionary definitions for dunce
Word Origin for dunce
Word Origin and History for dunce
"dullard," 1570s, from earlier Duns disciple "follower of John Duns Scotus" (c.1265-1308), Scottish scholar of philosophy and theology supposed to have been born at Duns in Berwickshire. By 16c., humanist reaction against medieval theology singled him out as the type of the hairsplitting scholastic. It became a general term of reproach applied to more conservative philosophical opponents by 1520s, later extended to any dull-witted student.