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nincompoop

[ nin-kuhm-poop, ning- ]
/ ˈnɪn kəmˌpup, ˈnɪŋ- /
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noun

a fool or simpleton.

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Origin of nincompoop

First recorded in 1670–80; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM nincompoop

nin·com·poop·er·y, nounnin·com·poop·ish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nincompoop

nincompoop
/ (ˈnɪnkəmˌpuːp, ˈnɪŋ-) /

noun

a stupid person; fool; idiot

Word Origin for nincompoop

C17: of unknown origin
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