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[nit-wit] /ˈnɪtˌwɪt/

a slow-witted, stupid, or foolish person.
(informal) a foolish person

“stupid person,” 1922, probably from nit “nothing,” from dialectal German or Yiddish, from Middle Low German (see nix) + wit (n.).


A stupid person; fool; boob

[1922+; perhaps fr nit, fr German dialect, ”no,” found by 1909, plus wit]


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