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simpleton Syllabification: sim·ple·ton
Pronunciation: /ˈsimpəlt(ə)n/

Definition of simpleton in English:


A foolish or gullible person.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with simpleton

Middleton • singleton

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