nit·​wit | \ ˈnit-ˌwit How to pronounce nitwit (audio) \

Definition of nitwit

: a scatterbrained or stupid person

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Examples of nitwit in a Sentence

Don't be such a nitwit. don't be a nitwit—wear a seat belt!
Recent Examples on the Web Dunst sleepwalks through this noxious comedy based on Toby Young’s 2001 memoir of the same name, playing a writer who takes a reluctant liking to Pegg’s infantile nitwit. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 Like that nitwit in Mobile -- a hotbed for COVID -- who filed two bills that would make controlling the virus even more difficult. John Archibald |, al, 2 Sep. 2021 These things get passed around via emails from one gullible and naive nitwit to the next. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2020 One theory that has a certain elegance and simplicity is that Trump is a nitwit. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 4 July 2020 The abuse of the apostrophe by nitwits has been going on for quite some time. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2020 Which is why more courageous states have agencies that actually protect the land and water from polluters and environmental marauders and nitwits. John Archibald |, al, 27 Sep. 2019 Or the nitwit in Gulfport, Mississippi, who menaced shoppers at a Wal-Mart by loading and racking shells into a shotgun a few weeks ago, forcing an evacuation of the store. Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek, 16 July 2015 This nitwit didn’t even pass his own pledge of kindness. Michael Arceneaux, The Root, 7 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of nitwit

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nitwit

probably from German dialect nit not + English wit

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“Nitwit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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