One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a witless youth’
foolish, stupid, unintelligent, idiotic, brainless, mindless, imbecilic, imbecile
fatuous, inane, immature, childish, puerile, half-baked, empty-headed, half-witted, slow-witted, weak-minded, doltish
informal crazy, dotty, scatty, loopy, brain-dead, cretinous, thick, thickheaded, birdbrained, pea-brained, pinheaded, dopey, dim, dim-witted, dippy, blockheaded, boneheaded, lamebrained, chuckleheaded, dunderheaded, wooden-headed, muttonheaded, damfool
British informal daft, divvy
Northern English Scottish informal glaikit
North American informal dumb-ass, chowderheaded
South African informal dof
West Indian informal dotish
2‘I was bored witless’
out of one's mind, to death, to tears, silly, stupid, sick
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