Definitions

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  • adj. dull; stupid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dull; stupid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Doltish; stupid.

Etymologies

Latin hebes, hebetis, dull, stupid, from hebere to be dull. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His book on the action of worms, however, was shown by Professor Paley and other writers {242a} to contain many serious errors and omissions, though it involved no personal question; but I imagine him to have been more or less hebete when he wrote this book.

    Luck or Cunning?

  • For I am becoming more hebete every hour: and have not even the ambition to go up to London all this spring to see the Exhibitions, etc.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1

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