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Meaning of DUNCE

Pronunciation:  duns

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence

DUNCE is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: blockhead, bonehead, dunderhead, fuckhead, hammerhead, knucklehead, loggerhead, lunkhead, muttonhead, numskull, shithead
 See Also: simple, simpleton



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dunce\, n. [From Joannes Duns Scotus, a schoolman called
the Subtle Doctor, who died in 1308. Originally in the phrase
``a Duns man''. See Note below.]
One backward in book learning; a child or other person dull
or weak in intellect; a dullard; a dolt.

      I never knew this town without dunces of figure.

Note: The schoolmen were often called, after their great
      leader Duns Scotus, Dunsmen or Duncemen. In the revival
      of learning they were violently opposed to classical
      studies; hence, the name of Dunce was applied with
      scorn and contempt to an opposer of learning, or to one
      slow at learning, a dullard.

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