a tall, cone-shaped hat formerly worn by slow or lazy students as a punishment in school.
- Also called fool's cap.
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How to use dunce cap in a sentence
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then followed very properly the dunce cap and the fool stool.Revisiting the Earth | James Langdon Hill
Had she taken the teasing of the meaner girls in a wiser spirit, she knew they would not have sent her the dunce cap.Ruth Fielding on Cliff Island | Alice Emerson
I have found out something, and all owing to that ridiculous dunce-cap.The Law-Breakers and Other Stories | Robert Grant
You oughtta bought a velvet dunce cap with your lunch money instead of that brown poke bonnet.The Best Short Stories of 1915 | Various
He sat in school with a dunce-cap upon his head, or else played hookey and spent his hours in fishing, swimming or idling.The New Education | Scott Nearing
British Dictionary definitions for dunce cap
a conical paper hat, formerly placed on the head of a dull child at school
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