- 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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fool, blockhead, dolt, dunce, booby.
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Examples from the Web for nitwit
Under our current nitwit sequester policy, government cutbacks continued to drag down growth.The Misuse and Meaning of GDP
April 27, 2013
- informal a foolish person
C20: perhaps from nit 1 + wit 1
Word Origin and History for nitwit
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