dim-wit·​ted ˈdim-ˈwi-təd How to pronounce dim-witted (audio)
variants or less commonly dimwitted
: not intelligent : stupid
dim-wittedly adverb
or less commonly dimwittedly
dim-wittedness noun
or less commonly dimwittedness

Examples of dim-witted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The iconic film starred Lindsay Lohan as fish-out-of-water Cady, who tries to adjust to life in a school dominated by a trio called the Plastics: the reigning Regina (Rachel McAdams), toaster-strudel heiress Gretchen (Lacey Chabert), and dim-witted Karen (Amanda Seyfried). Danny Horn, EW.com, 12 Jan. 2024 Wotan’s wife comes across as a dim-witted socialite, flipping through a magazine while making scolding remarks and pulling grotesque faces. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2023 Aside from the fact that this is a spin on a classic movie trope — damsel acts distressed to trap dim-witted guy — and is a blatant act of subterfuge on the part of the Barbies, the Barbies are … Barbies. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 9 Aug. 2023 Elizabeth Olsen’s turn as the unfiltered adulterous Candy Montgomery, along with Jesse Plemons’ performance as the dim-witted and simple churchgoing husband of her friend Betty Gore, are expected to be among the top prospects in the acting races, but not where pundits had initially speculated. Clayton Davis, Variety, 25 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dim-witted was in 1934

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“Dim-witted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dim-witted. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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