Definition of Dunce

1. Noun. A stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence.




Definition of Dunce

1. n. One backward in book learning; a child or other person dull or weak in intellect; a dullard; a dolt.

Definition of Dunce

1. Noun. One backward in book learning; a child or other person dull or weak in intellect; a dullard; a dolt. ¹

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Definition of Dunce

1. a stupid person [n -S] : DUNCICAL, DUNCISH [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dunce

dumptier
dumptiest
dumptruck
dumptrucks
dumpty
dumpy
dun
dun't
dun-bar
dun dun
dunal
dunam
dunams
dunbird
dunbirds
dunce (current term)
dunce's cap
dunce cap
dunce caps
dunce hat
dunce hats
duncedom
duncedoms
duncelike
dunceries
duncery
dunces
duncey
dunch
dunched

Literary usage of Dunce

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1. A Select Glossary of English Words Used Formerly in Senses Different from by Richard Chenevix Trench (1865)
"We have set dunce in Bocardo and have utterly banished him Oxford for ever, with all his blind glosses. . . . The second time we came to New College after ..."

2. Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England from by John Campbell Campbell (1847)
"Lord Loughborough, when he had become a great dunce- man, gave the following account of this inspection:—"I took op at once a great contempt for the said ..."

3. The Judicial Dictionary, of Words and Phrases Judicially Interpreted: To by Frederick Stroud (1903)
"To say of a lawyer that "he is a dunce, and will got little by the Law," is SLANDER; for " 'dunce,' in common intendment and speech, is taken for one of ..."

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