half-wit

noun \ ˈhaf-ˌwit , ˈhäf- \

Definition of half-wit

: a foolish or imbecilic person

half-witted

play \ˈhaf-ˈwi-təd, ˈhäf-\ adjective

half-wittedness

noun

First Known Use of half-wit

1640


HALF-WIT Defined for English Language Learners

half-wit

noun

Definition of half-wit for English Language Learners

  • : a foolish or stupid person


HALF-WIT Defined for Kids

half-wit

noun \ ˈhaf-ˌwit , ˈhäf- \

Definition of half-wit for Students

: a very stupid person

half-witted

\-ˈwi-təd\ adjective


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