Definition of Dunce cap

1. Noun. A cone-shaped paper hat formerly placed on the head of slow or lazy pupils.

Exact synonyms: Dunce's Cap, Fool's Cap
Generic synonyms: Chapeau, Hat, Lid

Definition of Dunce cap

1. Noun. A conical hat one pupil is forced to wear to indicate he is a dunce. ¹

2. Noun. The topological space obtained by identifying the sides comprising the boundary of a triangle, two sides with consistent orientation and the third with the reverse orientation. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dunce Cap

dumptruck
dumptrucks
dumpty
dumpy
dun
dun't
dun-bar
dun dun
dunal
dunam
dunams
dunbird
dunbirds
dunce
dunce's cap
dunce cap (current term)
dunce caps
dunce hat
dunce hats
duncedom
duncedoms
duncelike
dunceries
duncery
dunces
duncey
dunch
dunched
dunches
dunchin

Literary usage of Dunce cap

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1. Citizen, Jr. by Clara Ewing Espey (1922)
"So, for these lessons, maybe you will like to have as your everyday slogan something about your speech. "Watch Your Words." LESSON 17 DUNCE-CAP TALK ONE of ..."

2. The Psychology of Subnormal Children by Leta Stetter Hollingworth (1920)
"Their education proceeded by the birch-rod, dunce-cap method. ... Everyone will recall the inevitable dunce, sitting in the corner with his dunce-cap on. ..."

3. The Nursery by John L. Shorey (Firm (1870)
"Henry did not have on the dunce's cap that day. He had been a good boy, and had learned his lesson well. I hope he will not play the dunce any more. ..."

4. Fors Clavigera: Letters to the Workmen and Labourers of Great Britain by John Ruskin (1876)
"... so I think we may conclude that a shell grows by adding on length only to the large end of a tapering tube, like a dunce's cap, which, however, ..."

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