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ˈwɪt iwit·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wittyadjective

    combining clever conception and facetious expression

    "his sermons were unpredictably witty and satirical as well as eloquent"


  1. wittyadjective

    Wise, having good judgement.

  2. wittyadjective

    Possessing a strong intellect or intellectual capacity; intelligent, skilful, ingenious.

  3. wittyadjective

    Clever; amusingly ingenious.

    His speech was both witty and informative.

  4. wittyadjective

    Full of wit.

    His frequent quips mark him as particularly witty.

  5. wittyadjective

    quick of mind; insightful; in possession of wits

    She may have grown older, but she has grown no less witty.

  6. Etymology: wittig, corresponding to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wittyadjective

    Etymology: from wit.

    The deep-revolving, witty Buckingham
    No more shall be the neighbour to my counsels. William Shakespeare.

    Thou art beautiful in thy countenance, and witty in thy words. Judith xi. 23.

    Histories make men wise, poets witty, the mathematick subtile. Francis Bacon.

    Where there is a real stock of wit, yet the wittiest sayings will be found in a great measure the issues of chance. South.

    In gentle verse the witty told their flame,
    And grac’d their choicest songs with Emma’s name. Matthew Prior.

    Honeycomb, who was so unmercifully witty upon the women, has given the ladies ample satisfaction by marrying a farmer’s daughter. Joseph Addison, Spectator.


  1. witty

    Witty refers to something that is characterized by quick and inventive verbal humor; displaying quick thinking, cleverness or intelligence particularly through humor or sarcasm. It can also describe a person who often makes clever, funny remarks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wittynoun

    possessed of wit; knowing; wise; skillful; judicious; clever; cunning

  2. Wittynoun

    especially, possessing wit or humor; good at repartee; droll; facetious; sometimes, sarcastic; as, a witty remark, poem, and the like


  1. Witty

    The Witty worm is a computer worm that attacks the firewall and other computer security products written by a particular company, Internet Security Systems now IBM Internet Security Systems. It was the first worm to take advantage of vulnerabilities in the very pieces of software designed to enhance network security, and carried a destructive payload, unlike previous worms. It is so named because the phrase " insert witty message here" appears in the worm's payload. The Witty worm incident was unique in that the worm spread very rapidly after announcement of the ISS vulnerability, and infected a much smaller and presumably harder-to-infect host population than previous worms.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WITTY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Witty is ranked #14761 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Witty surname appeared 2,012 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Witty.

    84.7% or 1,706 total occurrences were White.
    7.3% or 148 total occurrences were Black.
    4.1% or 84 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 38 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 22 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 14 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of witty in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of witty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of witty in a Sentence

  1. Francis Bacon:

    Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.

  2. Francis Bacon:

    Histories make men wise poets, witty the mathematics, subtle natural philosophy, deep moral, grave logic and rhetoric, able to contend.

  3. John Selden:

    He that will give himself to all manner of ways to get money may be rich; so he that lets fly all he knows or thinks may by chance be satirically witty. Honesty sometimes keeps a man from growing rich, and civility from being witty.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.

  5. President Russ Brandon:

    As the 'Voice of the Bills,' Van's historic radio calls of Bills games over the years will forever resonate with our fans, his Hall of Fame and Wall of Fame talent was overshadowed only by his engaging personality, his witty sense of humor and his love for the Bills. We will all dearly miss 'Uncle Van,' but his legacy will remain deeply embedded in our franchise's history and in the hearts of his countless fans in Western New York and throughout the NFL community.

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