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Half-wit   /hæf-wɪt/   Listen

A person of subnormal intelligence.  Synonyms: changeling, cretin, idiot, imbecile, moron, retard.
A stupid incompetent person.  Synonyms: dimwit, doofus, nitwit.

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"Half-wit" Quotes from Famous Books

... our finding out whereabouts his hole is. How does he know that we might hurt him? and how again does he not know that we shall not hurt him? we, who for five-and-twenty years have let him and his ancestors build under those eaves in peace? How did he get that quantity of half-wit, that sort of stupid cunning, into his little brain, and yet get no more? And why (for this is a question of Why, and not of How) does he labour all day long, hunting for worms and insects for his children, while his wife nurses them in the nest? Why, too, did ...
— Madam How and Lady Why - or, First Lessons in Earth Lore for Children • Charles Kingsley

... half-wit," he had said to himself, "but she can cook and clean and seems to have the kindest heart in the world. She wouldn't be bad looking if only she did not look so all-fired foolish." Even Josie's atrocious make-up couldn't blot out ...
— Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman • Emma Speed Sampson

Words linked to "Half-wit" :   colloquialism, simpleton, mongoloid, simple

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