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simpleton (n.)

1640s, probably a jocular formation from simple and -ton, suffix extracted from surnames. Compare skimmington, personification of an ill-used spouse, c. 1600.

updated on April 03, 2014

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Definitions of simpleton from WordNet

simpleton (n.)
a person lacking intelligence or common sense;
Synonyms: simple
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.