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[wit-lis] /ˈwɪt lɪs/
lacking wit or intelligence; stupid; foolish.
Origin of witless
before 1000; Middle English; Old English witlēas. See wit1, -less
Related forms
witlessly, adverb
witlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • She found that this defensive warfare partly distracted her from the witless, interminable bickering within.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • And all this witless piffle because of a quite natural misunderstanding of mine.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Both old maids and young ones, the witless and wise Gain husbands at pleasure, while none will me prize; Ah!

    The Poetry of Wales John Jenkins
  • There was a witless vanity about my friend that sat on him almost like a virtue.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Bores stopped him on the street to repeat ancient and witless stories.

  • The man Lazarus is witless, he writes, of the relative value of all things.

  • He was conscious that he touched it with numb and witless fingers, mechanically pushing it upon the red diamond.

    The Day of Days Louis Joseph Vance
  • I was hardly so witless as not to realize the truth of his admonition.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for witless


lacking wit, intelligence, or sense; stupid
Derived Forms
witlessly, adverb
witlessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for witless

Old English witleas; see wit (n.) + -less. Phrase scared witless attested from 1975. Related: Witlessly; witlessness.

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

with the punches

Related Terms

roll with the punches

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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