witless

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English witles, from Old English witlēas (senseless; witless), from Proto-Germanic *witjalausaz (witless), equivalent to wit +‎ -less. Cognate with Swedish vettlös (senseless; witless; wild), Icelandic vitlauss (senseless; witless; foolish; mad).

Adjective[edit]

witless (comparative more witless, superlative most witless)

  1. Lacking wit or understanding
  2. indiscreet; not using clear and sound judgment.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This term is frequently found in phrases such as scared witless, witless with fear, and so on.

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References[edit]

witless in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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