Definition of dunce noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dʌns//
; NAmE NAmE//dʌns//
(old-fashioned) Stupid
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a person, especially a child at school, who is stupid or slow to learn See related entries: Stupid Word Originearly 16th cent.: originally an epithet for a follower of John Duns Scotus (c. 1265-1308), whose followers were ridiculed by 16th-cent. humanists and reformers as enemies of learning.
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