- A foolish or gullible person: stop grinning at me like a simpletonMore example sentences
fool, nincompoop, dunce, dullard, ignoramus• informal idiot, imbecile, moron, cretin, halfwit, thicko, thickhead, nitwit, dope, dimwit, dumbo, dummy, donkey, stupid, stupeIrish • informal gobdawBritish • vulgar slang knobheadNorth American • vulgar slang asshatSee also fool
- 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.