dunce cap


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dunce cap

also dunce's cap (dŭn′sĭz)
n.
A cone-shaped paper cap, formerly placed on the head of a slow or lazy pupil. Also called fool's cap.

dunce cap

or

dunce's cap

n
(Education) a conical paper hat, formerly placed on the head of a dull child at school

dunce′

(or dunce′'s) cap`,


n.
a tall cone-shaped hat formerly worn by slow or lazy students as a punishment.
Also called fool's cap.
[1830–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dunce cap - a cone-shaped paper hat formerly placed on the head of slow or lazy pupilsdunce cap - a cone-shaped paper hat formerly placed on the head of slow or lazy pupils
chapeau, hat, lid - headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim
Translations
bonnet d’âne
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