simpleton

[sim-puhl-tuhn]

noun

an ignorant, foolish, or silly person.

Nearby words

  1. simple vow,
  2. simple-hearted,
  3. simple-minded,
  4. simpleminded,
  5. simpleness,
  6. simplex,
  7. simplex method,
  8. simplicidentate,
  9. simpliciter,
  10. simplicity

Origin of simpleton

First recorded in 1640–50; simple + -ton

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British Dictionary definitions for simpleton

simpleton

noun

a foolish or ignorant person
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Word Origin and History for simpleton

simpleton

n.

1640s, probably a jocular formation from simple and -ton, suffix extracted from surnames. Cf. skimmington, personification of an ill-used spouse," c.1600.

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