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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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  • He's too good a fellow to turn down in his little day of witlessness.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • Perhaps, too, she had another reason for regretting her companion's witlessness.

    Archibald Malmaison Julian Hawthorne
  • But so far neither avarice nor witlessness has betrayed anything.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa Edmund Candler
  • His intelligence might be equalled, but not his witlessness!

    The Wisdom of Confucius Epiphanius Wilson
  • It describes the inward shrinking and shrivelling of a depraved nature, the witlessness which results from wickedness.

British Dictionary definitions for witlessness


lacking wit, intelligence, or sense; stupid
Derived Forms
witlessly, adverb
witlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for witlessness



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 witlessness

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.
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