Definitions for witwɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the keen perception and clever expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure.

  2. a person having or noted for such perception and expression.

  3. witty speech or writing.

  4. understanding, intelligence, or sagacity; astuteness.

  5. Usu., wits. shrewdness; resourcefulness; ingenuity: mental faculties; senses:

    to live by one's wits.

    to have one's wits about one.

Idioms for wit:

  1. at one's wit's or wits' end, drained of all ideas or mental resources; utterly confused or frustrated.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: See humor.

Origin of wit:

bef. 900; ME, OE: mind, thought, c. OFris, OS wit, OHG wizzi

witwɪt(v.t.; v.i.)wist; wit•ting.

  1. Archaic. to know.

Idioms for wit:

  1. to wit, that is to say; namely:

    an overwhelming victory, to wit, a landslide.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of wit:

bef. 900; ME; OE witan, c. OS, Go witan, OHG wizzan, ON vita; akin to L vidēre, Gk ideîn to see, Skt vidati (he) knows

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wit, humor, humour, witticism, wittiness(noun)

    a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

  2. brain, brainpower, learning ability, mental capacity, mentality, wit(noun)

    mental ability

    "he's got plenty of brains but no common sense"

  3. wag, wit, card(noun)

    a witty amusing person who makes jokes

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wit(noun)ɪt

    intelligent humor

    a man who was famous for his wit

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wit

    of Wit

  2. Wit(noun)

    to know; to learn

  3. Wit

    mind; intellect; understanding; sense

  4. Wit

    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

  5. Wit

    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

  6. Wit

    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


  1. Wit

    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.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. wit

    The thing that fractures many a friendship.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wit' in Nouns Frequency: #2630

Translations for wit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


humour; the ability to express oneself in an amusing way

His plays are full of wit; I admire his wit.

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