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[dim-wit] /ˈdɪmˌwɪt/
noun, Slang.
a stupid or slow-thinking person.
Origin of dimwit
1920-25, Americanism; dim + wit1
Related forms
dimwitted, adjective
dimwittedly, adverb
dimwittedness, noun
dummy, nitwit, numskull, booby, dumbbell. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dimwit
  • When a bunch of dimwit, snowmobiling punks discover a box full of said auric treasures, out goose-step the dead brownshirts.
  • Thirty years later, she deserves better than to come across as such a dimwit.
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  • Similarly, your husband doesn't always have to be a dimwit in the kitchen--he can develop a specialization and dominate it.
  • In any case, the referendum was another half baked idea from what seems to be a dimwit.
  • Jan may be a geopolitical dimwit, but he is extraordinarily shrewd when it comes to his own career in the restaurant business.
  • Yet not only do you worship this mop-haired dimwit, you defend him.
British Dictionary definitions for dimwit


(informal) a stupid or silly person
Derived Forms
dim-witted, adjective
dim-wittedly, adverb
dim-wittedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dimwit

also dim-wit, U.S. college slang by 1922, from dim (adj.) + wit (n.). Related: dimwitted.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dimwit



A stupid person; boob: She's the worst dimwit on campus (1917+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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