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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.]
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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
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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.
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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!"
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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.
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dunce

noun
A mentally dull person:
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غَبي
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umulius
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grūtgalvisstulbenis
lajdákzlý žiak
aptalbudala kimse

dunce

[dʌns] N (Scol) → zopenco/a m/f
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dunce

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

[dʌns] n (Scol) → asino/a, somaro/a
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dunce

(dans) noun
a person who is slow at learning or stupid. I was an absolute dunce at school.
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It was their duncelike elders who obsessed her and her fellow Congress members.