witless

[ wit-lis ]
/ ˈwɪt lɪs /

adjective

lacking wit or intelligence; stupid; foolish.

Nearby words

  1. withoutdoors,
  2. withstand,
  3. withy,
  4. withywind,
  5. witigo,
  6. witlessly,
  7. witling,
  8. witloof,
  9. witness,
  10. witness box

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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British Dictionary definitions for witless

witless

/ (ˈwɪtlɪs) /

adjective

lacking wit, intelligence, or sense; stupid
Derived Formswitlessly, adverbwitlessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for witless

witless

adj.

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

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