dunce


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dunce

 (dŭns)
n.
A stupid person; a dolt.

[After John Duns Scotuswhose writings and philosophy were ridiculed in the 16th century.]

dunce

(dʌns)
n
a person who is stupid or slow to learn
[C16: from Dunses or Dunsmen, term of ridicule applied to the followers of John Duns Scotus, especially by 16th-century humanists]
ˈdunceˌlike adj

dunce

(dʌns)

n.
a dull-witted, stupid, or ignorant person.
[1520–30; after John Duns Scotus, whose writings were attacked by the humanists as foolish]
dun′ci•cal, dunc′ish, adj.
dunc′ish•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dunce - a stupid persondunce - a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence
dolt, dullard, pillock, poor fish, pudden-head, pudding head, stupe, stupid, stupid person - a person who is not very bright; "The economy, stupid!"

dunce

noun simpleton, moron, duffer (informal), bonehead (slang), loon (informal), goose (informal), ass, donkey, oaf, dullard, dimwit (informal), ignoramus, nitwit (informal), dolt, blockhead, halfwit, nincompoop, fathead (informal), dunderhead, lamebrain (informal), thickhead, numbskull or numskull He was a dunce at mathematics.

dunce

noun
A mentally dull person:
Translations
غَبي
hlupákšpatný žák
umulius
nehézfejű
tossi
grūtgalvisstulbenis
lajdákzlý žiak
aptalbudala kimse

dunce

[dʌns] N (Scol) → zopenco/a m/f

dunce

[ˈdʌns] n (= stupid person) → âne m, cancre m

dunce

n (Sch) → langsamer Lerner or Schüler; (= stupid person)Dummkopf m; to be a dunce at mathseine Niete or schlecht in Mathe sein (inf); the dunce of the classdas Schlusslicht der Klasse; dunce’s cap spitzer Papierhut, der früher zur Strafe dem schlechtesten Schüler aufgesetzt wurde

dunce

[dʌns] n (Scol) → asino/a, somaro/a

dunce

(dans) noun
a person who is slow at learning or stupid. I was an absolute dunce at school.
References in classic literature ?
Seldom we find," says Solomon Don Dunce, "Half an idea in the profoundest sonnet.
George was a great dunce, but no matter for that; all men do not thrive in the world according to their learning.
And he wants me to sink into a dunce, meantime,' answered Catherine.
Once upon a time there lived an old couple who had three sons; the two elder were clever, but the third was a regular dunce.
Anything and everything would enter into them, for my father would say that I was an utter dunce at the French language; that the head mistress of my school was a stupid, common sort of women who cared nothing for morals; that he (my father) had not yet succeeded in obtaining another post; that Lamonde's "Grammar" was a wretched book--even a worse one than Zapolski's; that a great deal of money had been squandered upon me; that it was clear that I was wasting my time in repeating dialogues and vocabularies; that I alone was at fault, and that I must answer for everything.
Phillips says I'm the worst dunce he ever saw at it.
He afterwards said he was a dunce at college and "was stopped of his degree for dulness and insufficiency.
Passepartout was by no means one of those pert dunces depicted by Moliere with a bold gaze and a nose held high in the air; he was an honest fellow, with a pleasant face, lips a trifle protruding, soft-mannered and serviceable, with a good round head, such as one likes to see on the shoulders of a friend.
But Aristotle was out of all patience with the account I gave him of Scotus and Ramus, as I presented them to him; and he asked them, "whether the rest of the tribe were as great dunces as themselves?
After the completion of the opening kilometre, Dunce, who finished eighth in 2015, still led with Beattie tracking his every move.
Fenwick pulled away on the second circuit opening up a 24secs gap over Dunce at the finish.