Lexical Investigations: Wit
Though today we most often think of wit as a particular kind of humor, historically it has referred more generally to mental faculty. In the time of Chaucer, for example, wit could mean a way of thinking, much as we use mind today in phrases like “we were of one mind” or “he had a mind to.” For many centuries, wit could also refer to …
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Origin of fat-witted
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Historical Examples of fat-witted
Bacon's college, in his "New Atlantis," moved the risibles of fat-witted Oxford.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
The fat-witted people in the City are not nice in their eating, quantity being more closely considered by them than quality.