Foolish vs Nincompoop - What's the difference?
As a adjective foolish
is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
As a noun nincompoop is
a silly or foolish person.
Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
*:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
*:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
A silly or foolish person.
, author=Matthew Stevenson
, title=The wits paraphras'd: or, Paraphrase upon paraphrase: In a burlesque on the several late translations of Ovids Epistles ...
, passage=Tis such another Nincompoop
I sleep, and he begins to droop.
He sees, yet keeps his Eyes a winking,
Says nought, but pays it off with thinking.
, author=Thomas D'Urfey
, title=The Comical History of Don Quixote: As it was Acted at the Queen's Theatre in Dorset-Garden ...
, chapter=Part I, Act I, Scene I
, passage=...Heaven knows the time when? Art not thou asham’d to see me, thou Nincompoop
* 1905: Baroness Emmuska Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel [http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=507211157&tag=Orczy,+Baroness:+The+Scarlet+Pimpernel,+1905&query=+nincompoop&id=OrcPimp]
- 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...
* (foolish person) dunderhead, fop, fool, imbecile, fuckwit
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