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[thik-wit-id] /ˈθɪkˈwɪt ɪd/
lacking intelligence; thickheaded; dull; stupid.
Origin of thick-witted
First recorded in 1625-35
Related forms
thick-wittedly, adverb
thick-wittedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for thick-witted
Historical Examples
  • It was possible, just possible, that they might escape the notice of these thick-witted men about him.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • I will drink no more; for this is no time to be thick-witted.

    The Infidel, Vol. I. Robert Montgomery Bird
  • Natalie laughed, too, and said: Well, we certainly were thick-witted that time.

    Natalie: A Garden Scout Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • The gentleness of the Manager had deceived the thick-witted Slav and he grew bold.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • Short-sighted as well as thick-witted, Kowalski had apparently never caught on to Callista's crime of moving the cot.

  • All this happened to the utmost of desires; and before they had time to get thick-witted, Mordacks stood before them.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • But Durbin was a rather slow, thick-witted rascal, while Bunol was quick, pantherish and full of crooked schemes.

    Dick Merriwell Abroad

    Burt L. Standish
  • His third visit left him clogged and thick-witted, as though he had been breathing stale air.

    Old Mole Gilbert Cannan
  • It is hard sometimes to see whether men are thick-witted, or hypocrites so perfect that they seem to be so.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope
  • She walked down the corridor, showed a thick-witted guard my own executive pass, and got away.

British Dictionary definitions for thick-witted


stupid, dull, foolish, or slow to learn
Derived Forms
thick-wittedly, adverb
thick-wittedness, noun
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