a slow-witted, stupid, or foolish person.

Origin of nitwit

1920–25; nit (< German; dialectal variant of nicht not) + wit1(in the sense of ‘intelligence’)

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Contemporary Examples of nitwit

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British Dictionary definitions for nitwit



informal a foolish person

Word Origin for nitwit

C20: perhaps from nit 1 + wit 1
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Word Origin and History for nitwit

"stupid person," 1922, probably from nit "nothing," from dialectal German or Yiddish, from Middle Low German (see nix) + wit (n.).

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