wit, humor, humour, witticism, wittiness(noun)
a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
brain, brainpower, learning ability, mental capacity, mentality, wit(noun)
"he's got plenty of brains but no common sense"
wag, wit, card(noun)
a witty amusing person who makes jokes
to know; to learn
mind; intellect; understanding; sense
a mental faculty, or power of the mind; -- used in this sense chiefly in the plural, and in certain phrases; as, to lose one's wits; at one's wits' end, and the like
felicitous association of objects not usually connected, so as to produce a pleasant surprise; also. the power of readily combining objects in such a manner
a person of eminent sense or knowledge; a man of genius, fancy, or humor; one distinguished for bright or amusing sayings, for repartee, and the like
Origin: [OE. witen, pres. ich wot, wat, I know (wot), imp. wiste, AS. witan, pres. wt, imp. wiste, wisse; akin to OFries. wita, OS. witan, D. weten, G. wissen, OHG. wizzan, Icel. vita, Sw. veta, Dan. vide, Goth. witan to observe, wait I know, Russ. vidiete to see, L. videre, Gr. , Skr. vid to know, learn; cf. Skr. vid to find. . Cf. History, Idea, Idol, -oid, Twit, Veda, Vision, Wise, a. & n., Wot.]
Wit is a form of intelligent humour, the ability to say or write things that are clever and usually funny. A wit is a person skilled at making clever and funny remarks. Forms of wit include the quip and repartee.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wit, v.i. to know:—pr.t. 1st pers. sing. Wot; 2d, Wost (erroneously Wot′test); 3d, Wot (erroneously Wot′teth):—pl. 1st, 2d, 3d, Wot; pa.t. Wist (erroneously Wot′ted); pr.p. Wit′ting, Weet′ing (erroneously Wot′ting); pa.p. Wist.—To do to wit, to cause to know; To wit, that is to say—the A.S. gerund tó witanne. [A.S. witan, to know (pr.t. ic wát, þu wást, he wát, pl. witon; pa.t. wiste—also wisse, pl. wiston, pa.p. wist); Goth. witan, Ger. wissen; cf. L. vidēre, Gr. idein.]
wit, n. understanding: a mental faculty (chiefly in pl.): the power of combining ideas with a ludicrous effect, the result of this power: ingenuity: (rare) imagination: (obs.) information.—adj. Wit′less, wanting wit or understanding: thoughtless.—adv. Wit′lessly.—ns. Wit′lessness; Wit′ling, one who has little wit: a pretender to wit; Wit′-mong′er, a poor would-be wit; Wit′-snap′per (Shak.), one who affects wit or repartee.—adj. Wit′ted, having wit or understanding.—n. Witticism (wit′i-sizm), a witty remark: a sentence or phrase affectedly witty.—adv. Wit′tily.—n. Wit′tiness.—adv. Wit′tingly, knowingly: by design.—adj. Wit′ty, possessed of wit: amusing: droll: sarcastic: (B.) ingenious: (Shak.) wise, discreet.—v.i. Wit′wanton, to indulge in irreverent wit.—At one's wits' end, utterly perplexed; Live by one's wits, to live in a haphazard manner by any shift; The five wits, the five senses. [A.S. wit, from the verb above.]
wit, n. a person of understanding or judgment, esp. a person who has a keen perception of the ludicrous and can express it neatly. [Perh. a use of the preceding word; others trace through A.S. wita, gewita, a counsellor—witan, to know.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
The thing that fractures many a friendship.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'wit' in Nouns Frequency: #2630
The numerical value of wit in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of wit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Wit and wisdom differ. Wit is upon the sudden turn, wisdom is in bringing about ends.
The real wit tells jokes to make others feel superior, while the half-wit tells them to make others feel small.
Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.
It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.
Their bright, resonant sopranos blend impeccably; Davie's Violet tackles the top notes with a delicacy and ardor that emphasize fragility and fear, while Padgett gives Daisy pluck and wit.
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Translations for wit
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- خفة دمArabic
- ment, divertit, entenimentCatalan, Valencian
- vtip, důvtip, rozum, humorCzech
- Witz, WitzboldGerman
- agudeza, mentalidad, intelecto, humor, imaginativo, chiste, gracia, divertido, intelectualidad, ingenio, cordura, inteligencia, mordacidadSpanish
- sukkeluus, sutkaus, nokkeluusFinnish
- mot d'esprit, petit malin, espritFrench
- arguzia, motto di spirito, spirito, senso umoristico, ingegno vivace, genio, sennoItalian
- forstand, vett, intellekt, viddNorwegian
- agudez, agudezaPortuguese
- ум, ве́дать, остроу́мие, остря́к, ра́зум, знатьRussian
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