Definition of Half-wit

1. Noun. A person of subnormal intelligence.

Exact synonyms: Changeling, Cretin, Idiot, Imbecile, Moron, Retard
Specialized synonyms: Mongoloid
Generic synonyms: Simple, Simpleton
Derivative terms: Cretinous, Idiotic, Imbecilic, Moronic, Retard



2. Noun. A stupid incompetent person.
Exact synonyms: Dimwit, Doofus, Nitwit
Language type: Colloquialism
Generic synonyms: Simple, Simpleton

Definition of Half-wit

1. Noun. A person of around half the average intelligence of his or her peers ¹

2. Noun. A stupid or inept person ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Half-wit

half-timbering
half-time
half-title
half-track
half-tracked
half-tracker
half-tracks
half-truth
half-truths
half-uncle
half-uncles
half-value layer
half-volley
half-width
half-widths
half-wit (current term)
half-wits
half-witted
half-yearly
half a dozen
half a mind
half adder
half amplitude pulse duration
half and half
half and half nail
half aunt
half axial view
half baked
half bath

Literary usage of Half-wit

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1. Towards Morning by Ida Alexa Ross Wylie (1918)
"A pretty thing for me to have—a half-wit—for a cousin." "A half-wit! A half-wit!" They pounced on the cry like a pack of hounds. "Who's the German Emperor? ..."

2. The Best Plays by Burns Mantle, Louis Kronenberger (1899)
"You're an eloquent half-wit. You're the idiotic victim of your malevolent self. ... It is the product of an articulate half-wit, of a writer who is the ..."

3. The Midland by Frank Luther Mott, John Towner Frederick (1918)
"So we supposed, to test the flax, and fell, Just as the half-wit fell, ... He died, some years ago, As simple-minded as the half-wit killed To save a few ..."

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