[ sim-puhl-tuhn ]
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nounSometimes Offensive.
  1. an ignorant, foolish, or silly person.

Origin of simpleton

First recorded in 1640–50; simple + -ton

Other words for simpleton

Words Nearby simpleton Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use simpleton in a sentence

  • 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


/ (ˈsɪmpəltən) /

  1. a foolish or ignorant person

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