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

  • adj. Slow to comprehend.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking a keen or swift intellect, not too bright or not too swift.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dull of apprehension; not possessing quick intelligence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Mentally sluggish; dull.

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

  • adj. retarded in intellectual development


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The only difference of course is that Goldman Sachs was and is still considered 'the smartest kid in the class', while Bank of America Merrill Lynch nowadays is more often than not referred to as the 'slow-witted chubby kid in the back' first to get hit when a savings and loan crisis, dot-com bubble or subprime mortgage and credit crisis decides to pops up.

  • Herds need to be driven ... especially if there are lots of slow-witted pachyderm members holding up the parade.

    Borger: Congress needs 'Boss Obama'

  • Falk is best known for his portrayal of the rumpled, seemingly slow-witted television detective Columbo, a role that earned him four Emmy awards.

    Peter Falk Dies at 83

  • “According to the legends, an attendant kept eternal vigil within the tomb,” Daz explained as if she were a rather slow-witted convalescent.

    Earl of Durkness

  • Baier seemed rather slow-witted and a bit intimidated, but his hedge-hogging totally schooled our Presidential fox.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » House Democratic Leaders Drop “Deem and Pass”

  • John Steinbeck helpfully named a slow-witted ranch hand he had met during a stint as a migrant worker in California as the prototype for the unintentionally murderous Lennie in "Of Mice and Men."

    Writers at Work, Seeking a Spark

  • I was actually thinking more of myself and my jealousy of Debbie than I was about the division of labor in my family, but my mother, ever the patriarchal apologist, said, “We do nice things for men because they lead the services!” as if I was slow-witted regarding everything that life is really about.

    Roseanne Archy

  • Defendor (2009) - Likely an adult alternative to the upcoming – and far more cynically created and marketed – Kick Ass, this indie stars Woody Harrelsonas a slow-witted but idealistic man who dons something resembling a superhero costume to fight urban crime and defeata localdrug kingpin named Captain Industry and a dirty cop (Elias Koteas.)

    DVD and Blu-Ray Releases April 13 2010 « Screaming Blue Reviews

  • But what defies expectations is the feeling of the show itself, which reflects back to us a time when the Left took the Right utterly by surprise and, for a short while, ran rampant like tiny nimble mammals between the hulking legs of slow-witted dinosaurs.

    William Horden: The Yin And Yang Of The Culture War

  • Siraj, who at his trial appeared to be slow-witted, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    Len Levitt: Delusion and Illusion


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.