half-wit


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half-wit

(hăf′wĭt′, häf′-)
n. Slang
A foolish or stupid person.

half′-wit′ted adj.
half′-wit′ted·ly adv.
half′-wit′ted·ness n.

half′-wit`



n.
a person who lacks intelligence or good sense; feeble-minded or foolish person; fool.
[1670–80]
half′-wit′ted, adj.
half′-wit′ted•ly, adv.
half′-wit′ted•ness, n.

half-wit

- Originally was "a would-be wit whose abilities are mediocre"; the sense of "simpleton" (one lacking all his wits) is attested to 1755.
See also related terms for simpleton.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.half-wit - a person of subnormal intelligencehalf-wit - a person of subnormal intelligence  
mongoloid - a person suffering from Down syndrome (no longer used technically in this sense)
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
2.half-wit - a stupid incompetent person
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
Translations

half-wit

[ˈhɑːfˌwɪt] ngrullo/a, idiota m/f

half

(haːf) plural halves (haːvz) noun
1. one of two equal parts of anything. He tried to stick the two halves together again; half a kilo of sugar; a kilo and a half of sugar; one and a half kilos of sugar.
2. one of two equal parts of a game (eg in football, hockey) usually with a break between them. The Rangers scored three goals in the first half.
adjective
1. being (equal to) one of two equal parts (of something). a half bottle of wine.
2. being made up of two things in equal parts. A centaur is a mythical creature, half man and half horse.
3. not full or complete. a half smile.
adverb
1. to the extent of one half. This cup is only half full; It's half empty.
2. almost; partly. I'm half hoping he won't come; half dead from hunger.
half-
a half-dozen; a half-kilo of tea.
halve (haːv) verb
1. to divide (something) into two equal parts. He halved the apple.
2. to make half as great as before; to reduce by half. By going away early in the year, we nearly halved the cost of our holiday.
ˌhalf-and-ˈhalf adverb, adjective
in equal parts. We can split the costs between us half-and-half.
ˈhalf-back noun
in football, hockey etc, (a player in) a position directly behind the forwards.
ˈhalf-brother, ˈhalf-sister nouns
a brother or sister by one parent only. My father has been married twice, and I have two half-brothers.
ˈhalf-caste noun
a person whose father and mother are of different races, especially white and black.
ˌhalf-ˈhearted adjective
not eager; done without enthusiasm. a half-hearted cheer/attempt.
ˌhalf-ˈheartedly adverb
ˌhalf-ˈheartedness noun
ˌhalf-ˈholiday noun
a part of a day (usually the afternoon) during which no work is done. the school-children were given a half-holiday to celebrate the football team's success.
ˌhalf-ˈhourly adjective, adverb
done etc every half-hour. at half-hourly intervals; The buses to town run half-hourly.
ˌhalf-ˈterm noun
(the period when students are given) a holiday about the middle of a term. We get a week's holiday at half-term; (also adjective) a half-term holiday.
ˌhalf-ˈtime noun
a short rest between two halves of a game (of football etc). the players ate oranges at half-time.
ˌhalf-ˈway adjective, adverb
of or at a point equally far from the beginning and the end. We have reached the half-way point; We are half-way through the work now.
ˈhalf-wit noun
a fool or idiot.
ˌhalf-ˈwitted adjective
foolish or idiotic.
ˌhalf-ˈyearly adjective, adverb
done etc every six months. a half-yearly report; We balance our accounts half-yearly.
at half mast
(of flags) flying at a position half-way up a mast etc to show that someone of importance has died. The flags are (flying) at half mast.
by half
by a long way. He's too clever by half.
do things by halves
to do things in an incomplete way. He never does things by halves.
go halves with
to share the cost with.
half past three/four/seven etc ,(American) half after three etc
at thirty minutes past the hour stated. I'm leaving at half past six.
in half
in(to) two equal parts. He cut the cake in half; The pencil broke in half.
not half
a slang expression for very much. `Are you enjoying yourself?' `Not half!'
References in classic literature ?
He don't know but I know," he shouted, stopping to gaze down into the dumb, unresponsive face of the half-wit.
Elmer Cowley ran out of the woods leaving the half-wit sitting on the log before the fire.
The fool priest will upset the whole work to which I have devoted near twenty years," he muttered, "if I find not the means to quiet his half-wit tongue.
There he began to think less about the half-wit, with his livid face and mouth like a fish.
However, he faces bother when his lazy half-wit brother tags along.
html) tweeted Thursday that his daughter Ivanka Trump would be leading the delegation at the summit, Bobby Ghosh, the editor-in-chief of Hindustan Times, a Delhi-based national daily, tweeted about an unnamed Indian diplomat telling him "we regard Ivanka the way we regard half-wit Saudi Princes.
Unsurprisingly, JB doesn't look like he's enjoying himself, and I expect the horse wasn't too happy either with having that half-wit on its back.
I will never again post a comment about what a half-wit I thought you were.
It's not about half-wit retarded children and all the other kind of shows today.
Well, I know it's not rocket science, but am I wrong in thinking that if the police know who this half-wit is, then is it not too much to ask for them to go and knock on his door and escort him to the hardware store and make him pay for the materials to clean up the damage he has done?
Inspired by the desire to include 22 students in a play, this book features 22 monologues describing life in an English village in 1255-from the perspectives of a doctor's son, the lord's daughter, an eel catcher, a half-wit, a peasant's daughter, and others.