from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who aspires to wittiness.
- n. One who has little wit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a person who feigns wit, pretending or aspiring to be witty
- n. a person with little wit
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person who has little wit or understanding; a pretender to wit or smartness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pretender to wit; a would-be wit.
He's the underdog you root for; a victimized witling in a land of condescending Talented.
Azhiri that lack the Talent are known as witlings and occupy a lower social status ... except for Pelio, a witling since birth but afforded a higher social standing since he happens to be the Prince of the land of Summer.
It is certainly not John the Baptist, nor John the Evangelist, nor James the Greater, nor James the Less; he must inevitably be some witling of a Hun, to write such abominable impertinence, or some ill-conditioned, malicious
Nay, though it well may raise a smile of ridicule (not on the lips of a grave man perhaps, but of some facetious witling) to hear me say it, a beauty like the cadence of sweet music190 dwells even in pots and pans set out in neat array: and so, in general, fair things ever show more fair when orderly bestowed.
More than one captain and more than one book on war had told Conan what his own sense said: Never trust your enemy to be a witling.
"And you should call your chief groom a fool, for letting into the field a witling who'll touch another's steel without asking."
Conan knew he must sound like a witling, but in this matter, he understood no more than one.
Had the Ichiribu sent a witling to serve her and the Cimmerian?
It was easy for Vidal to imagine what must be going on inside-easy to picture that smug, orphaned witling Keighvin Silverhair barking orders to weak mortals, marshaling them to fight.
"How long must I wait for you to show courage, witling?"
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