noun Date: 1693 1. a would-be wit 2. a person of little wit

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  • Witling — Wit ling, n. [Wit + ling; cf. G. witzling.] A person who has little wit or understanding; a pretender to wit or smartness. [1913 Webster] A beau and witing perished in the forming. Pope. [1913 Webster] Ye newspaper witlings! ye pert scribbling… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Witling — Witling, Fisch, so v.w. Wittling …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • witling — [wit′liŋ] n. a self styled wit …   English World dictionary

  • witling — noun a) a person who feigns wit, pretending or aspiring to be witty 1955: Rex Stout, Immune to Murder ...only a witling would call a man with my conceit a liar. b) a person with little wit …   Wiktionary

  • witling — /ˈwɪtlɪŋ/ (say witling) noun Obsolete a petty or would be wit. {wit1 + ling1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • witling — /wit ling/, n. a person who affects wittiness. [1685 95; WIT1 + LING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Witling — An East Anglia variant alternative spelling of the Olde English pre 9th Century Hwiting meaning The Son of the Fair Haired One . In this case we leave an intrusive L , probably of 17th Century introduction to aid in local dialectual pronunciation …   Surnames reference

  • witling — Synonyms and related words: Boeotian, Gothamite, banana, block, burlesquer, caricaturist, clod, clown, comedian, comic, cutup, dimwit, dolt, donkey, dope, dullard, dumb cluck, dumbbell, dummy, dunce, epigrammatist, funnyman, gag writer, gagman,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • witling — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun One who is obnoxiously self assertive and arrogant: malapert. Informal: know it all, saucebox, smart aleck, smarty, smarty pants, wisen heimer. Slang: wiseacre, wisecracker, wise guy. See GOOD …   English dictionary for students

  • witling — n. person who pretends or would like to be intelligent …   English contemporary dictionary

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