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Syllabification: dunce
Pronunciation: /dəns

Definition of dunce in English:


A person who is slow at learning; a stupid person.
Example sentences
  • I'm such a dunce walking into a stupid place like this but its not like they could identify me.
  • But depression returned when we kept thinking it was dominated by ignorant dunces.
  • And I think I can say, with all fairness, that the management thinks I'm an air-headed dunce.


early 16th century: originally an epithet for a follower of John Duns Scotus (Duns Scotus, John), whose followers were ridiculed by 16th-century humanists and reformers as enemies of learning.

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