A foolish or gullible person.
- Is God a fool, a simpleton who can be fobbed off with an empty formula of words?
- We would be deeply insulted if someone called us fools or simpletons should have sufficient pride not to insult ourselves by behaving in a manner that would warrant such epithets.
- I hated my clansmen, hated them for being ignorant simpletons.
Mid 17th century: from simple, on the pattern of surnames derived from place names ending in -ton.
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