Synonyms for halfwit

Grammar : Noun
Spell : half-wit, hahf-
Phonetic Transcription : ˈhælfˌwɪt, ˈhɑf-

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Définition of halfwit

Origin :
  • 1670s, originally "a would-be wit whose abilities are mediocre;" sense of "simpleton" (one lacking all his wits) is first attested 1755.
  • Half-wits are fleas; so little and so light,We scarce could know they live, but that they bite.[Dryden, "All for Love"]
  • Phrase out of half wit "half out of one's mind" was in Middle English (late 14c.). Half-witted "lacking common sense" is from 1640s.
  • As in lummox : noun oaf
  • As in moron : noun stupid person
  • As in nitwit : noun idiot
  • As in numskull : noun idiot
  • As in jackass : noun a stupid or foolish person
  • As in blockhead : noun dummy
  • As in ding-dong : noun fool
  • As in dumbo : noun dummy
  • As in mooncalf : noun fool
  • As in ninny : noun fool
  • As in schmo : noun fool
  • As in schmuck : noun fool
  • As in softhead : noun fool
  • As in tomfool : noun fool
  • As in turkey : noun fool
  • As in dunce : noun stupid person
  • As in fool : noun stupid or ridiculous person
  • As in half-wit : noun stupid person
Example sentences :
  • Was this the man that had played the part of a halfwit so successfully at Bar X ranch?
  • Extract from : « Mason of Bar X Ranch » by Henry Bennett
  • Trent Burton, the halfwit, and Trent Burton in action, were two different persons.
  • Extract from : « Mason of Bar X Ranch » by Henry Bennett

Antonyms for halfwit

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