Dunce definition

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A stupid person; a dolt.
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A slow-witted person.
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One backward in book learning; a child or other person dull or weak in intellect; a dullard; a dolt.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dunce
Plural:
dunces

Origin of dunce

  • After John Duns Scotus whose writings and philosophy were ridiculed in the 16th century

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Scotus was ironically a well-known Scottish thinker. His followers, however, opposed the philosophers of the Renaissance, and thus "dunce" was first used to describe someone rejecting new knowledge in 1530; later, any stupid person.

    From Wiktionary

  • 1530, eponymous, from John Duns Scotus (circa 1265–1308).

    From Wiktionary