witless

adjective
wit·​less | \ ˈwit-ləs How to pronounce witless (audio) \

Definition of witless

1 : destitute of wit or understanding : foolish
2 : mentally deranged : crazy drive one witless with anxiety— William Styron

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Other Words from witless

witlessly adverb
witlessness noun

Examples of witless in a Sentence

He committed a witless blunder. a dog so witless that it is barely trainable
Recent Examples on the Web Outrage at the media, with journalists as unwitting (or witless) straight men, is a surefire GOP money-raiser. Jake Bernstein, The New York Review of Books, "The Fundraising Pulpit," 8 Apr. 2020 Some of the more witless pundits mock all this as mere conspiracy theory. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Will Washington media expose the liars who spun the Trump-Russia hoax?," 26 Dec. 2019 In these stretches of the film, Everybody Knows could almost tip into Michael Haneke territory, the rot and chaos of contemporary society consuming these witless people who are slaves to their own selfish impulses. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Kick Off Cannes with Gloomy Melodrama," 9 May 2018 And the more witless among them have already reverted to their default positions: tribal hooting, while comparing anyone who disagrees with them to Hitler. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Horowitz report finally unmasks Adam Schiff. Who’s going to call him out on his lies?," 12 Dec. 2019 Unfortunately, the presidency has supplanted the House in its role as witless and slavering tribune of the plebs. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "L’Esprit de l’Escalier, the ‘Times,’ Etc.," 27 Aug. 2019 And those who are too witless to understand, or pretend witlessness so as to herd others for partisan reasons, do no service to their nation. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: A.G. Bill Barr must find true reasons for Trump/Russia probe," 27 June 2019 And those who are too witless to understand, or pretend witlessness so as to herd others for partisan reasons, do no service to their nation. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: A.G. Bill Barr must find true reasons for Trump/Russia probe," 27 June 2019 And those who are too witless to understand, or pretend witlessness so as to herd others for partisan reasons, do no service to their nation. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: A.G. Bill Barr must find true reasons for Trump/Russia probe," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of witless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Witless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witless. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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witless

adjective
How to pronounce witless (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of witless

: very foolish or stupid
informal : very much : very badly

witless

adjective
wit·​less | \ ˈwit-ləs How to pronounce witless (audio) \

Kids Definition of witless

: lacking in wit or intelligence

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