What does wit mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wit, humor, humour, witticism, wittinessnoun

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

  2. brain, brainpower, learning ability, mental capacity, mentality, witnoun

    mental ability

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

  3. wag, wit, cardnoun

    a witty amusing person who makes jokes

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wit

    of Wit

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Witnoun

    to know; to learn

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Wit

    mind; intellect; understanding; sense

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wit

    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.]

  2. Wit

    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.]

  3. Wit

    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

  1. wit

    The thing that fractures many a friendship.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wit in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of wit in a Sentence

  1. Lord John Russell:

    A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one.

  2. Benjamin Franklin:

    At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment.

  3. Francois de La Rochefoucauld:

    Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.

  4. Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey:

    Only a novel"... in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language.

  5. Washington Post critic Hank Stuever:

    I just have to ask: What were we all so afraid of? ... It's too early for Noah to crush it but it's enough for now to just utter a sigh of relief. 'The Daily Show' is back with its essential wit and irreverence intact.

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  • خفة دمArabic
  • enteniment, ment, divertitCatalan, Valencian
  • důvtip, rozum, vtip, humorCzech
  • Witz, WitzboldGerman
  • chiste, agudeza, gracia, divertido, intelectualidad, ingenio, cordura, inteligencia, mordacidad, intelecto, imaginativo, humor, mentalidadSpanish
  • nokkeluus, sukkeluus, sutkausFinnish
  • petit malin, esprit, mot d'espritFrench
  • խելքArmenian
  • arguzia, senno, senso umoristico, spirito, motto di spirito, ingegno vivace, genioItalian
  • verstandDutch
  • vidd, forstand, vett, intellektNorwegian
  • dowcipPolish
  • agudeza, agudezPortuguese
  • schepsisRomanian
  • знать, остроу́мие, ра́зум, остря́к, ве́дать, умRussian
  • nükteTurkish

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