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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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 folks! --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]