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half-wit

[half-wit, hahf-] /ˈhælfˌwɪt, ˈhɑf-/
noun
1.
a person who is feeble-minded.
2.
a person who is foolish or senseless; dunderhead.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80
Synonyms
2. blockhead, dolt, fool, nitwit, dope, dummy, dimwit.
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British Dictionary definitions for halfwit

halfwit

/ˈhɑːfˌwɪt/
noun
1.
a feeble-minded person
2.
a foolish or inane person
Derived Forms
halfwitted, adjective
halfwittedly, adverb
halfwittedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for halfwit

half-wit

n.

1670s, originally "a would-be wit whose abilities are mediocre;" sense of "simpleton" (one lacking all his wits) is first attested 1755.

Half-wits are fleas; so little and so light,
We scarce could know they live, but that they bite.
[Dryden, "All for Love"]
Phrase out of half wit "half out of one's mind" was in Middle English (late 14c.). Half-witted "lacking common sense" is from 1640s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for halfwit

half-wit

noun

A foolish person: half-wits in the phys ed class (1755+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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