Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Half-witted; silly. (Davies.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Weak in intellect; half-witted; silly.

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  • adjective Weak in intellect; half-witted; silly.

Etymologies

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under- +‎ witted

Examples

  • An underwitted youth seemed to get religion in one of these times of shouting and excitement.

    The American Missionary — Volume 43, No. 06, June, 1889

  • All underwitted persons, so far as my experience goes, have this craving for copper coin, and appear to estimate its value by a miraculous instinct, which is one of the earliest gleams of human intelligence while the nobler faculties are yet in abeyance.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 69, July, 1863

  • It said not a word, being perhaps underwitted and incapable of prattle.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 69, July, 1863

  • If there can be found some principle of economy in knowledge, common to artists and scientists alike, which will make it possible for a poet to know something, and which will make it possible for a scientist to know a very great deal without being -- to most people -- a little underwitted, it would very much simplify the problem of being educated in modern times, and there would be a general gratefulness.

    The Lost Art of Reading

  • I could only again tell myself that my first impression had been right, and that he must be underwitted to be so absolutely impervious to gratitude.

    My Young Alcides

  • This morning an underwitted old man met me on a walk, and held a pretty long conversation, insisting upon shaking hands (to which I was averse, lest his band should not be clean), and insisting on his right to do so, as being "a friend of mankind."

    Passages from the American Notebooks, Volume 1

  • "All underwitted people have that look," said Miriam scornfully.

    The Marble Faun - Volume 1 The Romance of Monte Beni

  • Not that it said a word, for I rather think it was underwitted, and could not talk; but its face expressed such perfect confidence that it was going to be taken up and made much of, that it was impossible not to do it.

    Passages from the English Notebooks, Complete

  • Not that it said a word, for I rather think it was underwitted, and could not talk; but its face expressed such perfect confidence that it was going to be taken up and made much of, that it was impossible not to do it.

    Passages from the English Notebooks, Volume 1.

  • May your hereafter be filled with overfed and underwitted prey.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

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