wifty

adjective
wif·​ty | \ ˈwif-tē How to pronounce wifty (audio) \

Definition of wifty

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 known print appearance of "wifty" is in a quotation that appeared in the Delaware County Daily Times (Chester, Pennsylvania) in 1972, though the word was certainly being used in spoken English before that. "Ditzy" appears to be almost as old as "wifty"-we are able to trace it back to at least 1974. 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.

Examples of wifty in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of wifty

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wifty

origin unknown

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Last Updated

5 Sep 2021

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“Wifty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wifty. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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