lacking intelligence; thickheaded; dull; stupid.

Origin of thick-witted

First recorded in 1625–35
Related formsthick-wit·ted·ly, adverbthick-wit·ted·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thick-witted

Historical Examples of thick-witted

  • It was possible, just possible, that they might escape the notice of these thick-witted men about him.

    Good Old Anna

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

  • I will drink no more; for this is no time to be thick-witted.

    The Infidel, Vol. I.

    Robert Montgomery Bird

  • Natalie laughed, too, and said: Well, we certainly were thick-witted that time.

    Natalie: A Garden Scout

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • The gentleness of the Manager had deceived the thick-witted Slav and he grew bold.

    The Snow-Burner

    Henry Oyen

  • Short-sighted as well as thick-witted, Kowalski had apparently never caught on to Callista's crime of moving the cot.

British Dictionary definitions for thick-witted




stupid, dull, foolish, or slow to learn
Derived Formsthick-wittedly, adverbthick-wittedness, noun
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