dunce vs hammerhead what difference

what is difference between dunce and hammerhead

English

Etymology

1530, named after John Duns Scotus (c. 1266–1308).

Scotus was ironically a well-known Scottish thinker. His followers, however, opposed the philosophers of the Renaissance, and thus “dunce” was first used to describe someone rejecting new knowledge in 1530; later, any stupid person.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dʌns/
  • Rhymes: -ʌns

Noun

dunce (plural dunces)

  1. An unintelligent person.
    Synonyms: idiot; see also Thesaurus:idiot
    • 1855, Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”, XXX:
      […] Dunce, / Dotard, a-dozing at the very nonce, / After a life spent training for the sight!

Derived terms

  • dunce cap
  • duncedom
  • dunce hat
  • duncehood
  • duncelike
  • duncely
  • duncish/dunceish

Translations

Further reading

  • “dunce”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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English

Wikispecies

Etymology

hammer +‎ head

Pronunciation

Noun

hammerhead (plural hammerheads)

  1. The portion of a hammer containing the metal striking face (also including the claw or peen if so equipped).
  2. (zoology) Any of various sharks of the genera Sphyrna or Zygaena having the eyes set on projections from the sides of the head, which gives it a hammer shape.
  3. (zoology) A fresh-water fish; the hogsucker, Hypentelium nigricans, in the sucker family Catostomidae.
  4. (zoology) An African fruit bat, the hammer-headed fruit bat, Hypsignathus monstrosus, so called from its large blunt nozzle.
  5. (slang) A stupid person, a dunce.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter V:
      [The butler] joined us with a telegram for Bobbie on a salver. From her mother, I presumed, calling me some name which she had forgotten to insert in previous communications. Or, of course, possibly expressing once more her conviction that I was a guffin, which, I thought, having had time to ponder over it, would be something in the nature of a bohunkus or a hammerhead.
  6. A turn-around; a parking area constructed in a subdivision for initial access and construction.
  7. (biology) A kind of ribozyme; hammerhead ribozyme.

Synonyms

  • (shark): hammerhead shark, hammer fish, balance fish

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