dimwit

[ dim-wit ]
/ ˈdɪmˌwɪt /

noun Slang.

a stupid or slow-thinking person.

Nearby words

  1. dimp,
  2. dimple,
  3. dimpled,
  4. dimpling,
  5. dimpsy,
  6. din,
  7. din-din,
  8. din.,
  9. dinah,
  10. dinan

Origin of dimwit

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; dim + wit1

Related formsdim·wit·ted, adjectivedim·wit·ted·ly, adverbdim·wit·ted·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dimwit

dimwit

/ (ˈdɪmˌwɪt) /

noun

informal a stupid or silly person
Derived Formsdim-witted, adjectivedim-wittedly, adverbdim-wittedness, noun

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Word Origin and History for dimwit

dimwit

n.

also dim-wit, U.S. college slang by 1922, from dim (adj.) + wit (n.). Related: dimwitted.

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