wifty

adjective

wif·​ty ˈwif-tē How to pronounce wifty (audio)
informal
: eccentrically silly or scatterbrained : ditzy
She portrays a wealthy but wifty widow who wants her family home for the holidays.Ed Weiner

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Wifty is a synonym of ditzy. And, like ditzy, its origins remain unknown. The earliest print evidence of wifty goes back to the early 20th century, though the word was certainly being used in spoken English before that. Ditzy stumbled into American slang decades later—we are able to trace it back to the 1970s. But dizzy, which in its Old English origins meant "foolish" or "stupid," has been used in a sense similar to ditzy or wifty since the 16th century.

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Recent Examples on the Web Lloyd’s career has been as wifty and out there as his characters. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

origin unknown

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wifty was in 1918

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“Wifty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wifty. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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