dunce

[ duhns ]
/ dʌns /

noun

a dull-witted, stupid, or ignorant person; dolt.

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Origin of dunce

1520–30; after John Duns Scotus, whose writings were attacked by the humanists as foolish

OTHER WORDS FROM dunce

dun·ci·cal, dunc·ish, adjectivedunc·ish·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for dunce

dunce
/ (dʌns) /

noun

a person who is stupid or slow to learn

Derived forms of dunce

duncelike, adjective

Word Origin for dunce

C16: from Dunses or Dunsmen, term of ridicule applied to the followers of John Duns Scotus, especially by 16th-century humanists
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