half-wit

noun
\ ˈhaf-ˌwit How to pronounce half-wit (audio) , ˈhäf- \

Definition of half-wit

: a foolish or imbecilic person

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half-witted \ ˈhaf-​ˈwi-​təd How to pronounce half-witted (audio) , ˈhäf-​ \ adjective
half-wittedness noun

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First Known Use of half-wit

1640, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of half-wit was in 1640

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“Half-wit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-wit. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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half-wit

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How to pronounce half-wit (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of half-wit

informal : a foolish or stupid person

half-wit

noun
\ ˈhaf-ˌwit, ˈhäf- \

Kids Definition of half-wit

: a very stupid person

Other Words from half-wit

half-witted \ -​ˈwi-​təd \ adjective

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