- The definition of wit is good sense, or powers of thinking, or a quick sense of humor.
- If you are left in a wilderness and have to survive on your own, this is an example of when you survive on yourwit.
- When you are clever and always able to make a funny quick comeback, this is an example ofwit.
wit definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete the mind
- powers of thinking and reasoning; intellectual and perceptive powers
- mental faculties with respect to their state of balance, esp. in their normal condition of sanity
- alert, practical intelligence; good sense
- the ability to make lively, clever remarks in a sharp, amusing way
- the ability to perceive incongruous relationships and express them in a surprising or epigrammatic manner
- a person characterized by wit
- writing or speech expressing wit; esp., any clever disparagement or raillery
- Archaic intellect; reason
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English akin to German witz: for Indo-European base see wise
wit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The natural ability to perceive and understand; intelligence.
- a. Keenness and quickness of perception or discernment; ingenuity. Often used in the plural: living by one's wits.b. wits Sound mental faculties; sanity: scared out of my wits.
- a. The ability to perceive and express in an ingeniously humorous manner the relationship between seemingly incongruous or disparate things.b. One noted for this ability, especially one skilled in repartee.c. A person of exceptional intelligence.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
verb wist wist , wit·ting , first and third person singular present tense wot Archaic verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English, from Old English witan; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
wit - Phrases/Idioms
at one's wits' end
keep one's wits about oneor have one's wits about one
live by one's wits
at (one's) wits' end