Definition of nitwit in English:

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nitwit

Pronunciation: /ˈnitˌwit/

noun

informal
A silly or foolish person (often as a general term of abuse).
Example sentences
  • Then I found out I was just a sentimental schmuck like those flighty nitwits I've always pitied.
  • The eager anticipation of these voters tells me they did not stand in line for hours & hours, in pouring rain, to vote for an incompetent nitwit.
  • And he's making several generations of pro golfers look like nitwits.

Derivatives

nitwitted

Pronunciation: /ˈnitˌwidid/
adjective
Example sentences
  • He was just positing the notion, tentatively, in a spirit of free and nitwitted inquiry.
  • But the site featured a poll Wednesday that was so egregiously nitwitted that it deserves comment.
  • Gone are the hammy chuckles and the nitwitted sidekicks.

nitwittedness

noun
Example sentences
  • You simply blurt out stories in a desperate attempt to divert attention from your own nitwittedness.
  • That is a sure sign of novice nitwittedness according to Miss Snark.
  • And popular cinema has obviously gone so far in the direction of nitwittedness that my ambition with ‘The Yards’ was to make a movie that straddled both.

Origin

Early 20th century: apparently from nit1 + wit1.

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