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[wit-lis] /ˈwɪt lɪs/
lacking wit or intelligence; stupid; foolish.
Origin of witless
before 1000; Middle English; Old English witlēas. See wit1, -less
Related forms
witlessly, adverb
witlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • She found that this defensive warfare partly distracted her from the witless, interminable bickering within.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • The man Lazarus is witless, he writes, of the relative value of all things.

  • Both old maids and young ones, the witless and wise Gain husbands at pleasure, while none will me prize; Ah!

    The Poetry of Wales John Jenkins
  • And all this witless piffle because of a quite natural misunderstanding of mine.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Bores stopped him on the street to repeat ancient and witless stories.

  • There was a witless vanity about my friend that sat on him almost like a virtue.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • He was conscious that he touched it with numb and witless fingers, mechanically pushing it upon the red diamond.

    The Day of Days Louis Joseph Vance
  • I was hardly so witless as not to realize the truth of his admonition.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for witless


lacking wit, intelligence, or sense; stupid
Derived Forms
witlessly, adverb
witlessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for witless

Old English witleas; see wit (n.) + -less. Phrase scared witless attested from 1975. Related: Witlessly; witlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for witless


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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