nitwit

[ nit-wit ]
/ ˈnɪtˌwɪt /

noun

a slow-witted, stupid, or foolish person.

Nearby words

  1. nits-and-lice,
  2. nitti,
  3. nitti, francesco saverio,
  4. nitty,
  5. nitty-gritty,
  6. niu tireni,
  7. niuan,
  8. niue,
  9. niuean,
  10. niuzhuang

Origin of nitwit

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

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British Dictionary definitions for nitwit

nitwit

/ (ˈnɪtˌwɪt) /

noun

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

nitwit

n.

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

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