dunce cap

noun

Definition of dunce cap 

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

called also dunce's cap

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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, "Logano forced to watch practice as part of NASCAR punishment," 23 Sep. 2017 But only a fool with a fetish for dunce caps would pick against Bill and Brady in Week 1. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "NFL Picks Week 1: Saints defy logic, win opener at Minnesota," 4 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dunce cap

1840, in the meaning defined above

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