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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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  • As it did nearly three decades ago, the graphic horror film is again scaring millions of people witless.
  • The ad is pretty tough, and the pun on the general's name is pretty witless.
  • Don't start it unless you're prepared to be scared witless.
  • And the witless pair blazed out the signal-fires on high.
  • The problem with comedies as witless as this is that the villains are much more appealing than the good guys.
  • Nor is it the witless writing or the hectic, inconsistent acting.
  • It leaves you feeling as if you've helplessly watched somebody play a cruel and witless practical joke.
  • But the show is as meager and witless as a cheap pin-up magazine joke.
  • It affirms our belief in our own witless superiority.
British Dictionary definitions for witless


lacking wit, intelligence, or sense; stupid
Derived Forms
witlessly, adverb
witlessness, noun
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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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for witless

with the punches

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roll with the punches

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