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half-wit

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

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

RELATED WORDS

idiot, boob, nerd, ass, stooge, jerk, sucker, clown, twit, buffoon, nitwit, moron, clod, dunce, imbecile, klutz, yokel, sap, dolt, half-wit

Nearby words

half-turning, half-used, half-volley, half-wave plate, half-wave rectifier, half-wit, half-witted, half-year, halfback, halfbeak, halfhearted

Origin of half-wit

First recorded in 1670–80
SYNONYMS FOR half-wit
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British Dictionary definitions for halfwit

halfwit

/ (ˈhɑːfˌwɪt) /

noun

a feeble-minded person
a foolish or inane person
Derived Formshalfwitted, adjectivehalfwittedly, adverbhalfwittedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for halfwit

half-wit


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