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  1. lacking wit or intelligence; stupid; foolish.
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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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Related Words for witlessness

madness, craziness, absurdity, folly, frenzy, alienation, dementia, lunacy, hysteria, irresponsibility, irrationality, silliness, nonsense, idiocy, indiscretion, foolishness, recklessness, stupidity, bunk, insanity

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Historical Examples of witlessness

  • He's too good a fellow to turn down in his little day of witlessness.

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • Perhaps, too, she had another reason for regretting her companion's witlessness.

    Archibald Malmaison

    Julian Hawthorne

  • But so far neither avarice nor witlessness has betrayed anything.

  • His intelligence might be equalled, but not his witlessness!

    The Wisdom of Confucius

    Epiphanius Wilson

  • It describes the inward shrinking and shrivelling of a depraved nature, the witlessness which results from wickedness.

British Dictionary definitions for witlessness


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



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

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