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definition of the word nincompoop

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Earlier (1676) nicompoop, possibly from Latin non compos mentis, "not of sound mind," although the lack of the second n in the early form and the original meaning of "fop" cast doubt on this origin.

Singular
nincompoop

Plural
nincompoops

nincompoop (plural nincompoops)

  1. A silly or foolish person.
    • 1905: Baroness Emmuska Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel [1]
      No wonder that Chauvelin's spies had failed to detect, in the apparently brainless nincompoop, the man whose reckless daring and resourceful ingenuity had baffled the keenest French spies...


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