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10 words that perfectly describes a fool

By Nkem Egenuka on Fri, 09/12/2016 - 15:44

Have you been searching for the perfect word for someone’s folly? We have compiled some words that best describes a fool.

 

Simpleton

A foolish or gullible person:

Originated from the Mid 17th century: from simple, on the pattern of surnames derived from place names ending in -ton.

 

Buffoon

A ridiculous but amusing person; a clown

Buffon originated from the Mid 16th century from French bouffon, from Italian buffone, from medieval Latin buffo clown. Originally recorded as a rare Scots word for a kind of pantomime dance, the term later (late 16th century) denoted a professional jester

 

Cretin

A stupid person

The word Cretin originatd  fom Late 18th century: from French crétin, from Swiss French crestin Christian (from Latin Christianus), here used to mean ‘human being’, apparently as a reminder that, though deformed, cretins were human and not beasts.

 

Dunce

A person who is slow at learning; a stupid person:

It originated from the Early 16th century, was originally an epithet for a follower of John Duns Scotus (see Duns Scotus, John), whose followers were ridiculed by 16th-century humanists and reformers as enemies of learning.

Poor John Duns Scotus … The followers of Scottish theologian and scholar Duns were considered enemies of learning by 16th-century humanists and reformers, who referred to them as ‘dunces’. So if classroom or scholarly foolishness is the sticking point, then dunce is the right word for you.

 

Ignoramus

An ignorant or stupid person

Originated in the 16th century; Latin, given by a grand jury when they considered the prosecution’s evidence for an indictment not sufficient to warrant the case going forward. The modern sense may derive from the name of a character in George Ruggle's Ignoramus in 1615, a satirical comedy exposing a lawyers' ignorance.

 

Dullard

A slow or stupid person:

This word originated from Middle Dutch dullaert, from dul dull.

means  foolish and dull. Dullard comes from the Middle Dutch word dullaert, from dul .

 

Drongo

A stupid or incompetent person:

Originated in from Mid19th century: from Malagasy. drongo is said to be from the name of an Australian racehorse of the 1920s which consistently finished last or near last.

A loanword from Malagasy, this Australian and New Zealand English word refers either to a variety of songbird or to a stupid or incompetent person. The latter meaning is reputed to come from the name of an Australian racehorse of the 1920s that consistently finished last or near last in races.

 

Klutz

A clumsy, awkward, or foolish person.

 Duing the 1960s, from Yiddish klots wooden block.

From the Yiddish word klots, meaning ‘wooden block’, klutz refers to someone who is clumsy, awkward, or foolish. Yiddish has been a particularly fertile source of these words, including schmuck, putz, and schlemiel.

 

Nincompoop

A foolish or stupid person.

Originated from the Late 17th century,perhaps from the given name Nicholas or from Nicodemus

 

Blockhead

A very stupid person.

A head with no more intelligence in it, is a blockish head’. 

 

Dunderhead

A stupid person:

Originated in early 17th century: compare with obsolete Scots dunder, dunner ‘resounding noise’; related to din.

It has a host of relatives like dunderhead, and a score of others, including chucklehead, knucklehead, muttonhead, pudding-head, thickhead, airhead, and pinhead.

 

 

Sources

blog.oxforddictionaries.com

dictionary.cambridge.org

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