or dunce's cap
- a tall, cone-shaped hat formerly worn by slow or lazy students as a punishment in school.
Origin of dunce cap
First recorded in 1830–40
Also called fool's cap.
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Examples from the Web for dunce cap
I do not think the plan was very successful, for the pockmarked youngster was often adorned with the dunce-cap.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 1 of 14
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
Although no dunce-cap was on his head, a roomful of staring eyes struck a burning shame into his soul.A Japanese Boy
- a conical paper hat, formerly placed on the head of a dull child at school
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