nincompoop

noun
nin·​com·​poop | \ ˈnin-kəm-ˌpüp How to pronounce nincompoop (audio) , ˈniŋ- \
plural nincompoops

Definition of nincompoop

informal
: a stupid or silly person : fool, simpleton … they could easily find some nincompoop to give them yet more money …— Kevin Maney "A bunch of nincompoops … that could not find themselves out of a restroom."— Jill Zuckman

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from nincompoop

nincompoopery \ ˈnin-​kəm-​ˌpü-​pə-​rē How to pronounce nincompoopery (audio) , ˈniŋ-​ \ noun
Each day's news seems to bring ever more horrific stories of greed, incompetence, arrogance, excess, deceit … and inconceivable nincompoopery The Hightower Lowdown

Synonyms for nincompoop

Synonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of nincompoop in a Sentence

The people running that company are a bunch of nincompoops! quit acting like a nincompoop, because I know you are smarter than that
Recent Examples on the Web Equal in irrelevance was HR Paul, the head of the human resources department, who was generally regarded as a nincompoop psychology PhD with a flatulence problem. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell wrote a satirical novel about tech and published it all on Medium," 2 Oct. 2018 Faith’s decidedly pink-collar job is threatened by a nincompoop former prep-school football-star boss. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Elinor Lipman lets you go home again, laughing all the way," 2 Mar. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nincompoop.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of nincompoop

circa 1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nincompoop

origin unknown

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nincompoop

Time Traveler for nincompoop

Time Traveler

The first known use of nincompoop was circa 1668

See more words from the same year

Statistics for nincompoop

Cite this Entry

“Nincompoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nincompoop. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nincompoop

nincompoop

noun
How to pronounce nincompoop (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of nincompoop

informal : a foolish or stupid person

More from Merriam-Webster on nincompoop

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for nincompoop

Nglish: Translation of nincompoop for Spanish Speakers

Comments on nincompoop

What made you want to look up nincompoop? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!