noun \ˈdən(t)s\

: someone who is stupid or slow at learning things

Full Definition of DUNCE

:  a slow-witted or stupid person

Examples of DUNCE

  1. <people with the learning disability dyslexia were once simply dismissed as dunces>

Origin of DUNCE

John Duns Scotus, whose once accepted writings were ridiculed in the 16th century
First Known Use: 1570

Rhymes with DUNCE


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