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sim·ple·ton

 (sĭm′pəl-tən)
n.
A person who is felt to be deficient in judgment, good sense, or intelligence; a fool.

[simple + -ton (as in surnames such as Chesterton, Singleton).]

simpleton

(ˈsɪmpəltən)
n
a foolish or ignorant person

sim•ple•ton

(ˈsɪm pəl tən)

n.
a foolish or silly person.
[1640–50]

simpleton

  • dodo - Comes from Portuguese doudo, "fool, simpleton," from the bird's awkward appearance.
  • doodle - Originally a noun meaning "fool, simpleton," from German dudeltopf, it came to mean absent-minded scribbling.
  • gullible - A derivative of archaic gull, "dupe" or "simpleton."
  • half-wit - Originally was "a would-be wit whose abilities are mediocre"; the sense of "simpleton" (one lacking all his wits) is attested to 1755.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.simpleton - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
airhead - a flighty scatterbrained simpleton; "she's a total airhead"; "every airhead on a big salary rushed out to buy one"
dimwit, doofus, nitwit, half-wit - a stupid incompetent person
dingbat - a silly empty-headed person; "you would be a dingbat even to try it"; "yet here he was with an upper class dingbat who just happened to be married to his sister"
boob, booby, pinhead, dope, dumbbell, dummy - an ignorant or foolish person
fool, muggins, saphead, tomfool, sap - a person who lacks good judgment
changeling, cretin, half-wit, idiot, imbecile, moron, retard - a person of subnormal intelligence
idiot savant - person who is mentally retarded in general but who displays remarkable aptitude in some limited field (usually involving memory)
nebbech, nebbish - (Yiddish) a timid unfortunate simpleton
nincompoop, ninny, poop - a stupid foolish person
forgetful person, scatterbrain - a flighty and disorganized person
schlemiel, shlemiel - (Yiddish) a dolt who is a habitual bungler
schlep, schlepper, shlep, shlepper - (Yiddish) an awkward and stupid person
schnook, shnook - (Yiddish) a gullible simpleton more to be pitied than despised; "don't be such an apologetic shnook"
sheep - a timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon
space cadet - someone who seems unable to respond appropriately to reality (as if under the influence of some narcotic drug)
lame, square - someone who doesn't understand what is going on
dolt, dullard, pillock, poor fish, pudden-head, pudding head, stupe, stupid, stupid person - a person who is not very bright; "The economy, stupid!"
subnormal - a person of less than normal intelligence
twerp, twirp, twit - someone who is regarded as contemptible

simpleton

noun halfwit, fool, idiot, charlie (Brit. informal), goose (informal), dope (informal), jerk (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), plank (Brit. slang), berk (Brit. slang), wally (slang), booby, coot, moron, geek (slang), twit (informal, chiefly Brit.), chump, dunce, imbecile (informal), oaf, dullard, jackass, dipstick (Brit. slang), dickhead (slang), gonzo (slang), schmuck (U.S. slang), dork (slang), nitwit (informal), dolt, blockhead, greenhorn (informal), ninny, divvy (Brit. slang), nincompoop, dweeb (U.S. slang), putz (U.S. slang), fathead (informal), Simple Simon, weenie (U.S. informal), eejit (Scot. & Irish), thicko (Brit. slang), dumb-ass (slang), gobshite (Irish taboo slang), numpty (Scot. informal), doofus (slang, chiefly U.S.), fuckwit (taboo slang), dickwit (slang), nerd or nurd (slang), numskull or numbskull, twerp or twirp (informal) He was a lightweight, a political simpleton.

simpleton

noun
One deficient in judgment and good sense:
Informal: dope, gander, goose.
Translations
إنسان أحمَق
абдал
prosťáček
dummepeter
heimskingi
aptal kimse

simpleton

[ˈsɪmpltən] Ninocentón/ona m/f, simplón/ona m/f

simpleton

[ˈsɪmpəltən] nnigaud(e) m/f

simpleton

simpleton

[ˈsɪmpltn] n (old) → semplicione/a, sempliciotto/a

simple

(ˈsimpl) adjective
1. not difficult; easy. a simple task.
2. not complicated or involved. The matter is not as simple as you think.
3. not fancy or unusual; plain. a simple dress/design; He leads a very simple life.
4. pure; mere. the simple truth.
5. trusting and easily cheated. She is too simple to see through his lies.
6. weak in the mind; not very intelligent. I'm afraid he's a bit simple, but he's good with animals.
ˈsimpleton (-tən) noun
a foolish person.
simplicity (simˈplisəti) noun
the state of being simple. The beauty of this idea is its simplicity; He answered with a child's simplicity.
ˌsimplifiˈcation noun
1. the process of making simpler.
2. something made simpler; a simpler form. The Americans have made some simplifications in English spelling.
ˈsimplified adjective
made less difficult or complicated. simplified language/tasks.
ˈsimplify (-plifai) verb
to make simpler. Can you simplify your language a little?
ˈsimply adverb
1. only. I do it simply for the money.
2. absolutely. simply beautiful.
3. in a simple manner. She was always very simply dressed.
ˌsimple-ˈminded adjective
of low intelligence; stupid.
ˌsimple-ˈmindedness noun
References in classic literature ?
The simpleton was frightened, and blundered through his message; but he had a deeper meaning.
And, take it in the autumn, what can be pleasanter than to spend a whole day on the sunny side of a barn or a wood-pile, chatting with somebody as old as one's self; or, perhaps, idling away the time with a natural-born simpleton, who knows how to be idle, because even our busy Yankees never have found out how to put him to any use?
Before a very long time had elapsed, the village smarties began to feel an uncomfortable consciousness of not having made a very shining success out of their attempts on the simpleton from "old Shelby.
Then she is a greater simpleton than I ever believed her.
Now, when any vicious simpleton excites my disgust by his paltry ribaldry, I cannot flatter myself that I am better than he: I am forced to confess that he and I are on a level.
The old staring simpleton had hot meat for his supper, then?
It was, we said, a good world, and I, simpleton,--pretty and dainty as Margaret was,--deemed it would go on forever.
Well, then,' the Gryphon went on, `if you don't know what to uglify is, you ARE a simpleton.
When they had gone the poor Simpleton began to tease his mother to smarten him up and let him start off.
The goatherd took it with thanks, and drank and calmed himself, and then said, "I should be sorry if your worships were to take me for a simpleton for having spoken so seriously as I did to this animal; but the truth is there is a certain mystery in the words I used.
Madame du Bousquier was then enlightened on the various deceptions of her marriage; and as she was still the same simpleton she had always been, she amused her advisers by delightful naivetes.
Porthos," said Aramis, "Athos has already told you that you are a simpleton, and I am quite of his opinion.