halfwit

half-wit

[half-wit, hahf-]
noun
1.
a person who is feeble-minded.
2.
a person who is foolish or senseless; dunderhead.

Origin:
1670–80


2. blockhead, dolt, fool, nitwit, dope, dummy, dimwit.
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halfwit (ˈhɑːfˌwɪt)
 
n
1.  a feeble-minded person
2.  a foolish or inane person
 
half'witted
 
adj
 
half'wittedly
 
adv
 
half'wittedness
 
n

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half-wit
1678, 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"]
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