half-wit

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half-wit

An insulting term for person who is not very smart. Some half-wit decided to leave sugar out on the counter, and now our kitchen is infested with ants.
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"He don't know but I know," he shouted, stopping to gaze down into the dumb, unresponsive face of the half-wit. "I know too well.
Elmer Cowley ran out of the woods leaving the half-wit sitting on the log before the fire.
"The fool priest will upset the whole work to which I have devoted near twenty years," he muttered, "if I find not the means to quiet his half-wit tongue.
There he began to think less about the half-wit, with his livid face and mouth like a fish.
The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you're someone.
What really annoys me though is the way in which people speak, like they are half-wits.
And so summer really gets going with a group of narcissistic half-wits battling it out for victory.
The lack of self-awareness would have been shocking if not for the fact we've come to expect it from this contemptible subs bench of self-serving political half-wits.
It seems that no one cares any more, or those that do treat us as half-wits. Where once I could smell honeysuckle, it is now the pungent aroma of marijuana.
Morgan asked her: "You achieved a postgraduate Master of Law degree from the University of Law in Chester, and you've given up all that to go into a villa full of half-wits to try and have sex on national TV.
But Piers wasn't having any of it, branding the Islanders who appear on the show "utter half-wits" and accusing them of staying together to "milk their fame and cash in on their moment in the spotlight".
So why would we submit the future if the majority are half-wits, who in turn will vote for half-wits that will end up wielding considerable and sometimes impossible powers?
Another complained that he was "bad mouthing" residents in comments he posted on Facebook after he made a statement on the social media site that was interpreted as an accusation that some of his constituents were "half-wits".
Seve Gomez-Aspron, who represents the Newton-le-Willows ward, is alleged to have thrown eggs at a resident's home, degraded women on Twitter and implied that his constituents were "half-wits" on Facebook.
They must think that only a succession of half-wits could have landed us in the mess in which we now find ourselves.