[ nit-wit ]
/ ˈnɪtˌwɪt /
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a slow-witted, stupid, or foolish person.
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Origin of nitwit
1920–25; nit (<German; dialectal variant of nicht not) + wit1(in the sense of ‘intelligence’)
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Example sentences from the Web for nitwit
Under our current nitwit sequester policy, government cutbacks continued to drag down growth.
British Dictionary definitions for nitwit
/ (ˈnɪtˌwɪt) /
informal a foolish person
Word Origin for nitwit
C20: perhaps from nit 1 + wit 1
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