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  1. an ignorant, foolish, or silly person.
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Origin of simpleton

First recorded in 1640–50; simple + -ton

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Related Words for simpleton

clod, dunce, stooge, imbecile, dolt, bonehead, oaf, idiot, nitwit, buffoon, moron, boob, jerk, dope, numskull, blockhead, clown, ignoramus, dimwit, fathead

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Contemporary Examples of simpleton

Historical Examples of simpleton

  • Hold your tongue, simpleton; it is not for you to control the decrees of the faculty.

  • You are such a simpleton, my dear, that one can hardly bear with you.

  • If she was not your grandmother, I should say that she was a simpleton.

  • As Camille listened to his friend, he contemplated him with all the astonishment of a simpleton.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • He was more than ever sure that Grannie was a simpleton and Csar a brazen hypocrite.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for simpleton


  1. a foolish or ignorant person
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Word Origin and History for simpleton


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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