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 These things get passed around via emails from one gullible and naive nitwit to the next. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Setting the record straight: Internet lies about Social Security never go away," 13 Sep. 2020 One theory that has a certain elegance and simplicity is that Trump is a nitwit. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "This Fourth of July, Consider Trump’s Lobster Fib," 4 July 2020 The abuse of the apostrophe by nitwits has been going on for quite some time. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: Pickin’ up where the Apostrophe Protection Society left off," 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, "An ADEM director’s perfect words," 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, "Americans Don't Have the Right to Bear Just Any Arms," 16 July 2015 This nitwit didn’t even pass his own pledge of kindness. Michael Arceneaux, The Root, "How Petrified Should We Be for Hurricane Victims Now That Ben Carson Is the Head of HUD?," 7 Sep. 2017 The ESPN imbeciles were forced to release a statement on the announcer switch when Outkick the Coverage's Clay Travis exposed the network nitwits. Ron Higgins,, "ESPN, the worldwide leader in idioicy," 23 Aug. 2017 RAVE AND RANT Rave to pyrotechnic experts who put on impressive fireworks displays here and around the country. Rant to nitwits who light off loud fireworks through the night on the Fourth of July and days before and after. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Hey neighbors, let’s leave fireworks to the professionals," 5 July 2017

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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 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nitwit

informal : a stupid or silly person

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