[ half-wit, hahf- ]
/ ˈhælfˌwɪt, ˈhɑf- /


a person who is feeble-minded.
a person who is foolish or senseless; dunderhead.


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Origin of half-wit

First recorded in 1670–80
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British Dictionary definitions for halfwit

/ (ˈhɑːfˌwɪt) /


a feeble-minded person
a foolish or inane person

Derived forms of halfwit

halfwitted, adjectivehalfwittedly, adverbhalfwittedness, noun
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