[ 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 halfwithalfwitted, adjectivehalfwittedly, adverbhalfwittedness, noun
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