See also: dūncè

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

1530, named after John Duns Scotus (c. 1266–1308).[1]

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.[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /dʌns/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌns

NounEdit

dunce (plural dunces)

  1. An unintelligent person.
    Synonyms: idiot; see also Thesaurus:idiot

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 dunce”, Wordorigins.org, Dave Wilton, Sunday, June 11, 2006.