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dunce cap

a tall, cone-shaped hat formerly worn by slow or lazy students as a punishment in school.
Also, dunce's cap.
Also called fool's cap.
Origin of dunce cap
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • SA should be given a dunce cap and made to sit in the corner.
  • Go ask your parents if they ever stepped in to help a teacher wearing a dunce cap or said that these monks were ok guys.
  • But they don't necessarily mean that light-sleeping children are doomed to wearing the dunce cap.
British Dictionary definitions for dunce cap

dunce cap

a conical paper hat, formerly placed on the head of a dull child at school
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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