from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a feeble or weak intellect.


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  • No one thought it wrong for a light-witted "captain of industry" who had led his workpeople into overproduction, into the disproportionate manufacture, that is to say, of some particular article, to abandon and dismiss them, nor was there anything to prevent the sudden frantic underselling of some trade rival in order to surprise and destroy his trade, secure his customers for one's own destined needs, and shift a portion of one's punishment upon him.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • This: that the assassin was of inferior intelligence -- shall we say light-witted, or perhaps approaching that?

    A Double-Barreled Detective Story

  • John shook his head and put on the preternaturally wise look of the light-witted.

    The Hosts of the Air

  • Then I gave myself up to my pleasures and thought no more of my cousin's death; for I was light-witted and would fain have been with my beloved day and night.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume II

  • The light-witted birds of the air, the beasts of the weald and the wood

    Oedipus Trilogy

  • Those of yesterday having been opened by Madame Oisille, the sagest and eldest lady present, I give my vote to-day to the youngest, – I do not say to the most light-witted, for I am sure that if we all follow her example, the monks will not have to wait so long to say vespers as they did yesterday.

    The Heptameron of Margaret, Queen of Navarre

  • "Stay," said Lincoln, seizing the intruder, none other than our light-witted acquaintance, "lang-nebbit Dick," whose prying propensities were notorious, and who had taken upon himself, that morning, the arduous task of exploring the subterraneous passage into which he had seen the mysterious figure insinuate itself.

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)

  • "We perceive, then, that three facts are established, to wit: the assassin was approximately light-witted; he was not a stranger; his motive was robbery, not revenge.

    A Double-Barreled Detective Story

  • French writer calls them "a generation of _petits-maîtres, _ dissolute, frivolous, heedless, light-witted; but brave always, and ready to die with their soldiers, though not to suffer with them." [

    Montcalm and Wolfe


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