an ignorant, foolish, or silly person.
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How to use simpleton in a sentence
By the end, characters are either Team Anna, or they’re painted as shrews and simpletons.
Unless we are simpletons, we are all to some extent paradoxes, and Lopez was both an indefatigable traveler and, as writers must be, a monastic homebody.
To put it charitably, this is the jurisprudence of the simpleton.
George Lindsay played the lovable simpleton Goober Pyle on ‘The Andy Griffith Show.’George Lindsay Dies: The Best of Goober Pyle (Video) | Brittany Jones-Cooper | May 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
There's some vile plot laid against Howard, but if he doesn't come clean out of it with flying colors, call me a simpleton.St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 | Various
Then he pinched Betsy's ear in his usual familiar fashion, saying as he did so, "Saucy simpleton!"Napoleon's Young Neighbor | Helen Leah Reed
Don't talk to me as if I were a simpleton—with your own false simplifications!The Tragic Muse | Henry James
And you ought to have kept me from making such a simpleton of myself, Edward.The Sleeping Car | William D. Howells
The credulous simpleton already saw himself beheaded and wept in anticipation over the fate of his family.The Reign of Greed | Jose Rizal
British Dictionary definitions for simpleton
a foolish or ignorant person
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