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1. One who aspires to wittiness.
2. One who has little wit.
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archaic a person who thinks himself or herself witty
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(ˈwɪt lɪŋ)

a person who affects wit; a would-be wit.
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One who is obnoxiously self-assertive and arrogant:
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Perhaps as never before there is a gigantic difference between consumers, divided between those who have money and are witling to spend it and those who do not have the resources and cannot spend what they do not have.
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laid himself open to the despicable waggery of some witling." Blackwood's thus acknowledges that it has published a hoax without apologizing for it.
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You can imagine that little trail of pilgrims plodding purposefully towards Canterbury wiling away the tedious hours of creaking saddles and horsey smells with tales of individuals with nicknames like smellsmock and witling.
As Witling in The Refusal (1721) buys stocks and shares, the structure of modern capitalism quivers to its foundations.
This one, "The Witlings," is a satire on 18th century English life.
While Saggini demonstrates an impressive knowledge of contemporary theatre, the emphasis on Burney's own dramatic works after The Witlings, even in the context of a work primarily focussed on her novels, is strangely minimal.
And as Wollstonecraft later argues in her essay "On Poetry:" "witlings" may display taste, but they "do not allow their understandings or feelings any liberty for, instead of cultivating their faculties and reflecting on their operations, they are busy collecting prejudices" (Works 7:10-11).
We were witlings, untraveled in words, and like the ignorant everywhere, located the fault in what baffled us rather than in the puny scope of our own learning.