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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for slow-witted
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  • "Yes, miss," he returned with the obstinacy of a slow-witted man.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • 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
  • Yet ignorant and slow-witted as they are, inborn ability and resolution are not wanting.

  • One device after another has been added for the extermination of the slow-witted.

    By the Christmas Fire

    Samuel McChord Crothers
  • He made the mistake of underestimating Mormon, thinking him slow-witted.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • Or else he is so slow-witted that there is no telling, by man or dog, which way he will go, or what he may do next.


    Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Behold the end, O most uninventive and slow-witted Chang-ch'un!

    The Wallet of Kai Lung Ernest Bramah
  • McTeague was over thirty now, sluggish and slow-witted at best.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • Strange things were going through the mind of the slow-witted Jim.

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

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for slow-witted


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