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

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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
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

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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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“Nincompoop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nincompoop

informal : a foolish or stupid person

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