Definition of simpleton
: a person lacking in common sense
Examples of simpleton in a Sentence
The instructions were so complicated I felt like a complete simpleton.
his silly antics at office parties have earned him a reputation as a simpleton
Recent Examples of simpleton from the Web
On the other hand, at least the Senate waited to get this CBO score before voting, which is a lot more than Paul Ryan and his merry band of craven simpletons in the House can say these days.
Life is pitiless and strange; only simpletons look for neat meanings.
Yes, the series began as a beautiful-but-underwhelming PS4 launch game, seemingly tuned for children and comparable simpletons.
Forrest Gump (May 1) Life is like a box of chocolates to Tom Hanks' Forrest Gump, a simpleton who stumbles his way through numerous key events in 20th century American history in Robert Zemeckis's Oscar-winning film.
To revisit simple pleasures without becoming simpletons, retro must give way to repo.
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Origin and Etymology of simpleton
1simple + -ton (as in surnames such as Washington)
First Known Use: circa 1630See Words from the same year
SIMPLETON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of simpleton for English Language Learners
: someone who is not very intelligent or who does not have or show good sense or judgment
SIMPLETON Defined for Kids
Definition of simpleton for Students
: a foolish or stupid person
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