English version

dunce

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: School
duncedunce /dʌns/ noun [countable] old-fashioned  SESsomeone who is slow at learning things the dunce of the class
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dunceBut women could be dunces too, in McCarthy's eyes.And this, for golfing dunces, is one of the joys.But because they looked like such retarded dunces, and women saw right through them.He was still the school dunce.My flaky judgments were modest by comparison-but numerous enough to keep me hopeful of regaining the dunce cap this year.It shows just what dunces the Tories are when it comes to education.
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