lacking wit or intelligence; stupid; foolish.

Origin of witless

before 1000; Middle English; Old English witlēas. See wit1, -less
Related formswit·less·ly, adverbwit·less·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of witless

  • And all this witless piffle because of a quite natural misunderstanding of mine.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Capering creatures, who behaved witlessly, yet were far from witless.

  • The wife of the “odious person” was witless and fatuously conceited.


    Joseph Conrad

  • There was a witless vanity about my friend that sat on him almost like a virtue.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • But do not give your witless vanity a foolish airing before my chaplain.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

British Dictionary definitions for witless



lacking wit, intelligence, or sense; stupid
Derived Formswitlessly, adverbwitlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for witless

Old English witleas; see wit (n.) + -less. Phrase scared witless attested from 1975. Related: Witlessly; witlessness.

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