Antonyms for nincompoop

Grammar : Noun
Spell : nin-kuh m-poop, ning-
Phonetic Transcription : ˈnɪn kəmˌpup, ˈnɪŋ-

Definition of nincompoop

Origin :
  • 1670s, nicompoop. Despite similarity [noted by Johnson] to Latin legal phrase non compos mentis "insane, mentally incompetent" (c.1600), the connection is denied by etymologists because the earliest forms lack the second -n-. Weekley thinks first element may be a proper name, and cites Nicodemus, which he says was used in French for "a fool," or Nicholas. Klein says probably an invented word.
  • noun idiot
Example sentences :
  • When ye hear of a man a woman hez made, ye hears of a nincompoop.
  • Extract from : « Jeff Briggs's Love Story » by Bret Harte
  • That a man with a weak, receding chin is always a nincompoop.
  • Extract from : « The American Credo » by George Jean Nathan
  • And I won't have it spoiled, by every nincompoop poking his nose into it.
  • Extract from : « Perlycross » by R. D. Blackmore
  • The nincompoop can always be counted on to deify the commonplace.
  • Extract from : « The Fighting Chance » by Robert W. Chambers
  • Wouldn't some nincompoop like Forsyth be perhaps, after all, his best choice?
  • Extract from : « The Cathedral » by Sir Hugh Walpole
  • At moments he showed extraordinary talent as an engineer; at others he behaved like a nincompoop.
  • Extract from : « The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories » by Arnold Bennett
  • And to think of her as the wife of that blithering little ass—that nincompoop of a Karl Brabetz!
  • Extract from : « The Man From Brodney's » by George Barr McCutcheon
  • I don't pay money for a nincompoop to outrage my feelings of respect and loyalty, when he's in my pay, d' ye hear?
  • Extract from : « Beauchamp's Career, Complete » by George Meredith
  • That young Welsh nincompoop imp has his eyes everywhere; his ears are always open.
  • Extract from : « The Cambrian Sketch-Book » by R. Rice Davies
  • I have made a scurvy bargain: art a cozening knave, I doubt, as well as a nincompoop.'
  • Extract from : « The Cloister and the Hearth » by Charles Reade

Synonyms for nincompoop

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