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Dec 11, 2012
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Words to describe people

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princox
nincompoop
malingerer
curmudgeon
whippersnapper

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nincompoop

PRONUNCIATION:
(NIN-kuhm-poop, NING-)

MEANING:
noun: A silly or stupid person.

ETYMOLOGY:
Origin unknown. Earliest documented use: 1673.

USAGE:
"I was a nincompoop. A moron. A blockhead."
Jeanne Birdsall; The Penderwicks at Point Mouette; Knopf; 2011.

See more usage examples of nincompoop in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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