[haf-wit-id, hahf-]


foolish; stupid.

Origin of half-witted

First recorded in 1635–45
Related formshalf-wit·ted·ly, adverbhalf-wit·ted·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for half-witted

Historical Examples of half-witted

  • You is on'y a half-witted chance-child,' says he, 'but I loves you like a brother.'

  • You be only half-witted, anyway, and I sha'n't be too hard on you.

  • It was that half-witted lad then who had perished in the park.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Now, it is entirely weak and half-witted to appeal to the future.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • An alehouse-keeper in the neighbourhood of Elstow had a son who was half-witted.


    James Anthony Froude