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.
- Rhymes: -ʌns
dunce (plural dunces)
- One backward in book learning; a child or other person dull or weak in intellect; a dullard; a dolt.