dunce cap

noun
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:
1830–40

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dunce cap or dunce's cap
 
n
a conical paper hat, formerly placed on the head of a dull child at school
 
dunce's cap or dunce's cap
 
n

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