Witless vs Stupid - What's the difference?

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Witless is a related term of stupid.


As adjectives the difference between witless and stupid

is that witless is destitute of wit or understanding; wanting thought; hence, indiscreet; not under the guidance of judgment while stupid is lacking in intelligence or exhibiting the quality of having been done by someone lacking in intelligence.

As an adverb stupid is

(slang|dated) extremely.

As a noun stupid is

a stupid person; a fool.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

witless

English

(Webster 1913)

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Destitute of wit or understanding; wanting thought; hence, indiscreet; not under the guidance of judgment.
  • Usage notes

    * This term is frequently found in phrases such as (term), (term), and so on.

    stupid

    English

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • Lacking in intelligence or exhibiting the quality of having been done by someone lacking in intelligence.
  • Because it's a big stupid jellyfish!
  • To the point of stupor.
  • Neurobiology bores me stupid .
  • (archaic) Characterized by or in a state of stupor; paralysed.
  • * 1702 Alexander Pope, Sappho 128:
  • No sigh to rise, no tear had pow'r to flow, Fix'd in a stupid lethargy of woe.
  • (archaic) Lacking sensation; inanimate; destitute of consciousness; insensate.
  • * 1744 George Berkeley, Siris §190:
  • Were it not for [fire], the whole wou'd be one great stupid inanimate mass.
  • (slang) Amazing.
  • That dunk was stupid! His head was above the rim!
  • (slang) damn, annoying, darn
  • I fell over the stupid wire.

    Synonyms

    * dense, dumb, retarded, unintelligent * (especially in the Caribbean) stupidy * See also

    Derived terms

    * stupe * stupefy * stupid-ass * stupidity * stupidly * stupidness

    References

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    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • (slang, dated) Extremely.
  • My gear is stupid fly.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A stupid person; a fool.
  • * 1910 , , ‘The Strategist’, Reginald in Russia :
  • ‘You stupid !’ screamed the girls, ‘we've got to guess the word.’
  • * 1922 , Elizabeth G. Young, Homestead ranch
  • "What a stupid I am!" Harry exclaimed, as she watched the man ride away in the distance.
  • * 1996 , Anita Rau Badamim, Tamarind Mem
  • At least those stupids got their money's worth out of this country before they burnt their lungs out.
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