Definition of Half-witted

1. Adjective. Retarded in intellectual development.

Exact synonyms: Backward, Feebleminded, Slow-witted
Language type: Archaicism, Archaism
Similar to: Retarded
Derivative terms: Backwardness, Feeblemindedness, Slow-wittedness



Definition of Half-witted

1. Adjective. Having a low intelligence; dim-witted ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Half-witted

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
half-wits
half-witted (current term)
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
half bathroom
half baths

Literary usage of Half-witted

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1. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"... only for awhile successful, left behind ' them but the mummeries of an impotent freemasonry, and the ' enthusiastic ceremonies of half-witted ascetics;' ..."

2. Hawthorne and His Circle by Julian Hawthorne (1903)
"XII Talked familiarly with kings and queens—half-witted girl who giggled all the ... Halfwitted ..."

3. The Dictionary of English History edited by Sidney Low, Frederick Sanders Pulling (1896)
"Clarendon speaks of him as " a half-witted, crack-brained fellow, unknown to either university or the College of Physicians, but one that had spent his time ..."

4. The reader's handbook of allusions, references, plots and stories by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1882)
"a poor, half-starved, half-witted boy, the son o£ Ralph ... away to join his friend, who took care of the poor half-witted creature till he died (see pp. ..."

5. The Standard Dictionary of Facts: History, Language, Literature, Biography edited by Henry Woldmar Ruoff (1909)
"A half-witted boy in Scott's "Qld Mortality." Glb'bie, Sir. A pimple-hearted, fine character in George Macdonald's novel by the same name. Gil Bias. ..."

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