witless

[wit-lis]

adjective

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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British Dictionary definitions for witlessness

witless

adjective

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

witless

adj.

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

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