Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking intelligence or wit; foolish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Destitute of wit or understanding; wanting thought; hence, indiscreet; not under the guidance of judgment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of wit or understanding; wanting thought; hence, indiscreet; not under the guidance of judgment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Destitute of wit or understanding; thoughtless; unreflecting; stupid.
  • Not knowing; unconscious.
  • Proceeding from thoughtlessness or folly; not under the guidance of judgment; foolish; indiscreet; senseless; silly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment

Etymologies

From wit +‎ -less. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His lips trembled briefly, but otherwise, his face never let go of his expression of witless warmth.

    Hamlet II: Ophelia’s Revenge

  • Fox "News" has long been a fomenter of violent crime, encouraging the tin-foil hat crowd to embark on mercenary missions to take out liberals and other normal, thinking people in waves of violent crimes in churches, woman's health clinics, and pretty much anywhere they find them, and this was true of the so-called witless tea party protests of Obama's tax reform plan.

    Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

  • I thought it said that Bachmann and Coulter were both called "witless."

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Before you welcome the show in, you should be warned that our theater critic found it "witless" and "pointless."

    Critic's Corner Weekend

  • What kind of witless fools trade the lives of others just to say I told you so?

    Dodd: Obama, Clinton ticket not likely

  • Given the natural course of events, most Americans will soon be scared ... 'witless' ... that this woman might eventually have her hand on the button.

    Giles Slade: Sarah Palin, Straw Man

  • To see someone who is massively accomplished become someone massively disabled, not in some tragic accident, but because their own body and brain turned on them scares most people witless which is about the kindest thing I can say about them.

    Am I a liar?

  • GREENFIELD: Yes, I think that kind of witless conversation that political -- some political folks indulge in every time the president speaks, what does he have to do?

    CNN Transcript Sep 20, 2001

  • He pours a kind of witless corruption at the viewer and I can't think of another actor who could have done it with such a personal-seeming flavour.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • « Speaking of "witless," I give you the virtuous William J. Bennett

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

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  • Heehee.

    June 26, 2008

  • Thanks you for having been what parents should be -
    benigner than their witless brood deserves.

    - Peter Reading, Post-Dated, from Nothing for Anyone, 1977

    June 26, 2008