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

Definition of nincompoop

: 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

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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


berk [British], booby, charlie (also charley) [British], cuckoo, ding-a-ling, ding-dong, dingbat, dipstick, doofus [slang], featherhead, fool, git [British], goose, half-wit, jackass, lunatic, mooncalf, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, nut, nutcase, simp, simpleton, turkey, yo-yo

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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

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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 There truly is no end to the extraordinary behavior on show from the various villains, incompetents, bewildered neophytes, and absolute nincompoops in Donald Trump's orbit. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "This Live Interview with an Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Went Off the Rails," 5 Mar. 2018 It was immediately denounced by the usual opportunistic nincompoops as a call to violence and sedition, even a call to overthrow the government. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "What Persecution We Raise," 13 Aug. 2017 And Kelly, or any reporter, would be a nincompoop for not assuming that an interviewee has a tape of their session, even if surreptitiously recorded., "Alex Jones’s Pre-emptive Strike Against Megyn Kelly," 16 June 2017 And Kelly, or any reporter, would be a nincompoop for not assuming that an interviewee has a tape of their session, even if surreptitiously recorded. The Hive, "Alex Jones’s Pre-emptive Strike Against Megyn Kelly," 16 June 2017 In other words, white working-class voters were primarily drawn to this blustery nincompoop because the factories were shutting down. Leonard Pitts Jr, The Mercury News, "Pitts: White working class animus runs deeper than politics," 15 May 2017 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

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First Known Use of nincompoop

circa 1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nincompoop

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nine-banded armadillo


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English Language Learners Definition of nincompoop

informal : a foolish or stupid person

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