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Dull-witted

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dull-witted Stupid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dull-witted Stupid; having a dull wit.
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Quotations

  • Mao Zedong
    Mao%20Zedong
    “An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “The dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.”

Usage

In literature:

Sydney Smith was the most celebrated wit of his day, but he is dull reading now.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
But, surely, even the dull-witted Microby must know that the incident had been forgotten.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
When jests grew dull he showed his wit, And many a lounger hit with it.
"Fables of John Gay" by John Gay
They dragged me to my feet, and Craven began to sharpen his dull wit on me.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
I will save this dull-witted sailor.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
Even Neb's dull wits seemed to kindle under their radiance.
"Killykinick" by Mary T. Waggaman
A down-trodden herd, he conceived them, their wits dulled by toil.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
His egotism in believing everyone else was dull-witted compared to himself had saved Stan.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
But the alcholite had dulled his wits, and Jetta realized this, and presumed upon it.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
Are my wits too dull, And are my wrists too feeble for the sceptre?
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
Necessity had quickened the wits of the dull lad, and had made him inventive.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
And Abud, the obedient dull-wit again?
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
Your dull wits will not even compass that, will they?
"A Life Sentence" by Adeline Sergeant
Were their wits so dull they could pass up so obvious a hiding place as he had chosen?
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
He is a dull-witted fellow who lives at the poorhouse.
"What Happened to Inger Johanne" by Dikken Zwilgmeyer
Perhaps, he thought, his dull wits had misunderstood the Oomgar's talk.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
Vanna's partners were at a loss to understand her dullness and lack of response, for she had the reputation of wit and charm.
"A Question of Marriage" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
In states, 'tis dangerous; in religion, death: Shall Wit turn Christian, when the dull believe?
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young
His major study was to turn the laugh on the dull-witted, slow-going Philistines.
"Five Young Men" by Charles Reynolds Brown
Avery looked on with dull, blind eyes; he felt that he was witnessing an unsuccessful attempt at miracle.
"Avery" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
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In poetry:

But lost the freedom of his throat
And dulled his prairie wit,
Oh modern singers, ye who vote
Our times for song unfit!
"Six Studies In Exotic Forms Of Verse" by Emily Pfeiffer
With wit he is stunn'd,
He's baited and dunn'd,
But the wit is a wit of their own;
Both vulgar and dull,
Their skulls being full
Of matters that long have been known.
"Lines, Written At The Blue Ball, Rochdale." by Samuel Bamford
For such dull bliss our age hath too much wit;
Home, now, no resting-place, but place to quit.
In endless change we live; in change we die;
Found scarcely one, of all life's flitters by,
The turf to tenant where his fathers lie.
"Pretence. Part I - Table-Talk" by John Kenyon
Yet, great Oxonian, it were meet and fit
Could we but halt upon our daily stage
Of petty duty, dull mechanic task,
To meditate thy theme and hear thee ask,
‘Is conduct all? Are grace, and light, and wit,
Not chiefly good in this Bœotian age?’
"On A Reading Of Matthew Arnold" by Victor Plarr

In news:

No, the team has not signed a promiscuous, dull-witted semi-celebrity to play midfield.
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