nitwit

[ nit-wit ]
/ ˈnɪtˌwɪt /

noun

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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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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