mentally slow or dull; slow in comprehension and thinking.

Origin of slow-witted

First recorded in 1565–75
Related formsslow-wit·ted·ly, adverbslow-wit·ted·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for slow-witted

dense, dull, moronic, unintelligent

Examples from the Web for slow-witted

Historical Examples of slow-witted

  • "Yes, miss," he returned with the obstinacy of a slow-witted man.


    Louis Joseph Vance

  • But, dear me, how slow-witted I have been, and how nearly I have committed the blunder of my lifetime!

  • Yet ignorant and slow-witted as they are, inborn ability and resolution are not wanting.

  • One device after another has been added for the extermination of the slow-witted.

    By the Christmas Fire

    Samuel McChord Crothers

  • He made the mistake of underestimating Mormon, thinking him slow-witted.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

British Dictionary definitions for slow-witted



slow in comprehension; unintelligent
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