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nitwit

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noun nit·wit \ˈnit-ˌwit\

Simple Definition of nitwit

  • : a stupid or silly person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of nitwit

  1. :  a scatterbrained or stupid person

Examples of nitwit in a sentence

  1. Don't be such a nitwit.

  2. <don't be a nitwit—wear a seat belt!>



Origin of nitwit

probably from German dialect nit not + English wit


First Known Use: circa 1922



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