a simpleton, a fool ...1607 obs.
of unknown origin;
possibly from nup (a fool) + son
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1607 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Phantastes. She thinks Mendacio speaks to her, mark now, mark how truly she will answer: what say you Madam?
Lingua. I say Phantastes is a foolish transparent gull: a meer fanatick nupson in my imagination not worthy to sit as a Judges assistant..."
From: Lingua: or The Combat of the Tongue, and the Fiue Senses for Superiority A Pleasant Comoedie
- Thomas Tomkis