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dunce cap

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noun
a tall, cone-shaped hat formerly worn by slow or lazy students as a punishment in school.
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Also called fool's cap.

Origin of dunce cap

First recorded in 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for dunce cap

dunce cap

dunce's cap


noun
a conical paper hat, formerly placed on the head of a dull child at school
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