[nit-wit] /ˈnɪtˌwɪt/
a slow-witted, stupid, or foolish person.
1920–25; nit (< German; dialectal variant of nicht not) + wit
fool, blockhead, dolt, dunce, booby.
Example Sentences for nitwit
Such a nitwit conspiracy among a large group of scientists would have a half-life of about three seconds tops.
Chalmers is a nitwit and an opportunist who steals ideas from others.
Now it seems you righties want him to be a secret nitwit as well.
Another nitwit cog in the wheel trying to make it palatable, and for you suckers out there, don't worry it'll get better.
British Dictionary definitions for nitwit
nitwit (ˈnɪtˌwɪt)
informal a foolish person
[C20: perhaps from nit1 + wit1]

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Word Origin and History for nitwit
1922, from nit "nothing," from Ger. dial. or Yiddish, from M.L.G. (see nix) + wit.
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A stupid person; fool; boob

[1922+; perhaps fr nit, fr German dialect, ''no,'' found by 1909, plus wit]

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