dull-wit·​ted ˈdəl-ˈwi-təd How to pronounce dull-witted (audio)
: mentally slow : dim-witted
He tried to teach her how to pronounce his last name with a French twirl, and when her tongue could not master it he accused her of being dull-witted.James A. Michener
Theirs was the perennial problem of quick-witted subjects under the governance of dull-witted administrators.Declan Kiberd
dull-wittedly adverb
staring dull-wittedly out the window
dull-wittedness noun
Most people agree that life is better than death. Health is better than sickness. … Knowledge is better than ignorance. Intelligence is better than dull-wittedness. Happiness is better than misery. Marian L. Tupy

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dull-witted was in the 14th century

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“Dull-witted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dull-witted. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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