noun \ˈnit-ˌwit\

: a stupid or silly person

Full Definition of NITWIT

:  a scatterbrained or stupid person

Examples of NITWIT

  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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