Witless Wit"less, a. Destitute of wit or understanding; wanting thought; hence, indiscreet; not under the guidance of judgment. ``Witless bravery.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

A witty mother! witless else her son. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Witless pity breedeth fruitless love. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster] -- {Wit"less*ly}, adv. -- {Wit"less*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • witless — O.E. witleas; see WIT (Cf. wit) + LESS (Cf. less). Phrase scared witless attested from 1975 …   Etymology dictionary

  • witless — index fatuous, irrational, obtuse, opaque Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • witless — [adj] foolish absurd, asinine, birdbrained*, brainless, cockamamy*, crazy, daffy*, doltish*, dotty*, dumb, feebleminded*, half baked*, half witted*, harebrained*, idiotic, ill advised, irrational, jerky*, kooky*, loony*, ludicrous, lunatic, mad,… …   New thesaurus

  • witless — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ foolish; stupid. DERIVATIVES witlessly adverb witlessness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • witless — [wit′lis] adj. lacking wit or intelligence; foolish witlessly adv. witlessness n …   English World dictionary

  • witless — wit|less [ wıtləs ] adjective 1. ) LITERARY very silly or stupid: This witless reaction has obscured the real problem. 2. ) an old word meaning mentally ill scare someone witless to make someone feel very frightened …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • witless — [[t]wɪ̱tləs[/t]] ADJ (disapproval) If you describe something or someone as witless, you mean that they are very foolish or stupid. ...a witless, nasty piece of journalism. Syn: mindless, stupid …   English dictionary

  • witless — adjective 1 not very intelligent or sensible; silly: if I catch the witless yobs who did this 2 scare sb witless to make someone very frightened witlessly adverb witlessness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • witless — UK [ˈwɪtləs] / US adjective 1) literary very silly or stupid This witless reaction has obscured the real problem. 2) an old word meaning mentally ill • scare someone witless …   English dictionary

  • witless — adjective Date: before 12th century 1. destitute of wit or understanding ; foolish 2. mentally deranged ; crazy < drive one witless with anxiety William Styron > • witlessly adverb • witlessness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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