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HALF. One equal part of a thing divided into two parts, either in fact or in contemplation. A moiety. This word is used in composition; as, half cent, half dime, &c.

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A Twitter user, @onecosmicbeing, brought the whole Trump family under the definition and said it was amazing how "blissfully unaware they were of the obvious." This was seconded by @mclocksley1, who tweeted: "Poor unelected half-wit princess!
'Half-wit' sister Finea, played by Frances McNamee, with her tutor, in A Lady of Little Sense at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
The old fashioned parlance that so offended (half-wit) was attached to the qualifying adjunct of "celebrity-obsessed" - which Joyce Exley omits.
I will never again post a comment about what a half-wit I thought you were." Others were less convinced, as enunciated by this reader: "I'm not sure we, the gays and lesbians, or anyone else for that matter, should care that much about what 'Dr.
Well, I know it's not rocket science, but am I wrong in thinking that if the police know who this half-wit is, then is it not too much to ask for them to go and knock on his door and escort him to the hardware store and make him pay for the materials to clean up the damage he has done?
Inspired by the desire to include 22 students in a play, this book features 22 monologues describing life in an English village in 1255-from the perspectives of a doctor's son, the lord's daughter, an eel catcher, a half-wit, a peasant's daughter, and others.
Louis XVI is portrayed as a feeble but amiable half-wit, while the Revolution itself emerges as a cascade of irrational violence.
Contrary to the typical American-made youth flicks that patronize its audience with sappy scripts or half-wit buffoonery, Y Tu Mama Tambien elevates the coming-of-age road-trip genre to another level.
In short, a teeth-grindingly embarrassing half-wit. That hasn't narrowed the field much has it.
Yes, Ricki, I'm sure the homeless are lying there on the pavement, looking down at filthy clothes, their trousers held up by a bit of twine, and they're thinking: "Man, I pulled this together and it just works." You half-wit.
Even a half-wit with the desire to derail the HS2 at 250mph could design a simple way without resorting to bombs or explosives.
"Then there's the half-wit. He works about 18 hours every day and does 90% of all the work.