Definition of witless in English:


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  • 1Foolish; stupid.

    ‘a witless retort’
    • ‘Thus, in Mrs. Kerry's brainless and witless offhand yet pregnant remark, we hear the sick thud of the other shoe dropping.’
    • ‘In fact, it seems that you are nothing more than a debunker without a basis for your witless inane statements!’
    • ‘We've always had a good old chuckle at his witless expense.’
    • ‘Which leads me to a sense of wonder: Can there really be that many tasteless, stupid tourists about to keep a show this witless and sorry afloat for so long?’
    • ‘Poor Nina, as a student at the University, was required to suffer the idiots pestering her with puns as witless and unintelligent as themselves.’
    • ‘I now have to share this island with the most wretched, witless, humourless, colourless, featureless, brainless, mindless people who have shared this planet since homo sapiens evolved.’
    • ‘It may have been fruity with a generous helping of tacky but for $7.50 I could forget that Valentine's Day was nothing more than a cheap, stupid marketing ploy designed to suck money from the witless masses.’
    • ‘And unless the powers that be and their witless supporters get that through their thick skulls, failure is what we are most likely to get.’
    • ‘You'd never guess such a thing from this 75-minute sample of puerile rubbish that is listless, witless, and devoid of anything resembling humor.’
    • ‘He will be witless and will revel in childish things like fighting and kicking a ball about.’
    foolish, stupid, unintelligent, idiotic, brainless, mindless, imbecilic, imbecile
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    1. 1.1as complement To such an extent that one cannot think clearly or rationally.
      ‘I was scared witless’
      • ‘I suddenly realized how foolish I was acting, scared witless by a simple dream.’
      • ‘It is used to hold thick doors open, crush particularly large spiders and scare witless those English students who have to read it.’
      out of one's mind, to death, to tears, silly, stupid, sick
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/ˈwitlis/ /ˈwɪtlɪs/


Old English witlēas ‘crazy, dazed’ (see wit, -less).