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half-witted

[haf-wit-id, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈwɪt ɪd, ˈhɑf-/
adjective
2.
foolish; stupid.
Origin of half-witted
1635-1645
1635-45
Related forms
half-wittedly, adverb
half-wittedness, noun
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  • He was just a smart crook, milking a lot of half-witted plebeians for all he could get out of them.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • It was that half-witted lad then who had perished in the park.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • On his way he captured and was going to hang as a spy a half-witted but ugly young Tory.

    The Story of American History Albert F. Blaisdell
  • Now, it is entirely weak and half-witted to appeal to the future.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • The cows and a pair of draught oxen were under his charge, and he lived there with his wife and a half-witted herdsman.

    Debit and Credit Gustav Freytag
  • And Mart was always enraged at the sight of his half-witted son.

  • In this ragged, half-witted creature, fantastically dressed in coloured rags and tatters, Javis recognised one of his own race.

    The Circassian Chief W.H.G. Kingston
  • So unresponsive and dumb was he that they called him half-witted.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories Edward William Thomson
  • Rousing himself he laughed aloud and called to Koll the half-witted to pour the cups that he might name the toasts.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • It is a half-witted creature, who serves me when I would attract the people.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat

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