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simpleton Line breaks: simple|ton
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪmp(ə)lt(ə)n/

Definition of simpleton in English:


A foolish or gullible person: stop grinning at me like a simpleton
More 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.
fool, nincompoop, dunce, dullard, ignoramus
informal idiot, imbecile, moron, cretin, halfwit, thicko, thickhead, nitwit, dope, dimwit, dumbo, dummy, donkey, stupid, stupe
British informal twit, nit, numpty, twerp, clot, muggins, juggins, silly billy
Scottish informal nyaff, sumph, gowk
Irish informal gobdaw
North American informal sap, schmuck, lamer
British vulgar slang knobhead
North American vulgar slang asshat
See also fool


Mid 17th century: from simple, on the pattern of surnames derived from place names ending in -ton.

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