dunce cap


Definition of dunce cap

: a conical cap formerly used as a punishment for slow learners at school

called also dunce's cap

Examples of dunce cap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps that’s why my second-grade teacher taped my chatty mouth shut and put a dunce cap on my head. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2021 Sitting in the corner of the room, wearing a dunce cap, is Android, the world's only major consumer operating system that can't be centrally updated by its creator. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 22 Dec. 2020 Abraham Lincoln imprisoned editors during the Civil War, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt admonished a journalist to go to the corner and wear a dunce cap. Will Weissert, Star Tribune, 2 Dec. 2020 Umpires who have calls overturned will now have to sit on a big stool in the right field corner and wear a dunce cap for an inning. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, 1 Aug. 2020 If my students are willing to share their secrets in their writing and to invite me into their homes over Zoom, an occasional dunce cap won’t kill me. Anne Fadiman, Wired, 17 June 2020 Xi’s father was purged, and Xi was sent to the countryside, forced to dig trenches and wear a metal dunce cap. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2019 Not all residents were on board with punishing the mayor with a sort of sartorial dunce cap, reported La Republica. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, 3 Aug. 2019 The dunce caps and playground taunts briefly swiped the headlines from the other pressing NASCAR playoff hot topics, such as spoiler tape, encumbered finishes , driver twitter spats and lugnuts. USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dunce cap

circa 1791, in the meaning defined above

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“Dunce cap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dunce%20cap. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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