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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who is felt to be deficient in judgment, good sense, or intelligence; a fool.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A simple person lacking common sense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person of weak intellect; a silly person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person of limited or feeble intelligence; a foolish or silly person.
  • n. The American dunlin, purre, or ox-bird. See cut under dunlin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person lacking intelligence or common sense

Etymologies

simple + -ton (as in surnames such as Chesterton, Singleton).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
simple + -ton (as in a surname). Abbreviation of simple Tony or Anthony (Grose 1811 Dictionary). Compare French simplet, Italian semplicione. (Wiktionary)

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