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[sloh-wit-id] /ˈsloʊˈwɪt ɪd/
mentally slow or dull; slow in comprehension and thinking.
Origin of slow-witted
First recorded in 1565-75
Related forms
slow-wittedly, adverb
slow-wittedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He came out of a thicket and found himself face to face with the slow-witted bird.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He made the mistake of underestimating Mormon, thinking him slow-witted.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • When Burr reached the Capital he at once called on that slow-witted diplomat and repeated his overtures.

  • Sir Francis, however, whatever may have been his other failings, was not slow-witted; and he had already taken his attitude.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • But, dear me, how slow-witted I have been, and how nearly I have committed the blunder of my lifetime!

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He dropped his head back, stared at the cornice, and said with the soft malignity of a clever person dealing with the slow-witted.

  • "For my part, friend Pinedo, it seems to me that a man too should have a good figure," said slow-witted Seora de Caldern.

    Froth Armando Palacio Valds
  • Not merely for a person wanting in intelligence, or slow-witted, but for a downright fool.

    The Benefactress Elizabeth Beauchamp
  • Death, like Life, had been a quite incomprehensible puzzle to that slow-witted one who had no name.

  • Jonas was slow-witted and reserved, while alertness and frankness were among Keith's most characteristic traits.

    The Soul of a Child Edwin Bjorkman
British Dictionary definitions for slow-witted


slow in comprehension; unintelligent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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