Wit meaning

wĭt
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 your wit.

When you are clever and always able to make a funny quick comeback, this is an example of wit.

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To be or become aware of; learn.
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To know.
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The mind.
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Alert, practical intelligence; good sense.
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Intellect; reason.
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To know or learn.
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(now usually in the plural) Sanity.

He's gone completely out of his wits.

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Intellectual ability; faculty of thinking, reasoning.

Where she has gone to is beyond the wit of man to say.

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The ability to think quickly; mental cleverness, especially under short time constraints.

My father had a quick wit and a steady hand.

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Intelligence; common sense.

The opportunity was right in front of you, and you didn't even have the wit to take it!

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Spoken humour, especially when clever or quick.

The best man's speech was hilarious, full of wit and charm.

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A person who tells funny anecdotes or jokes; someone witty.

Your friend is quite a wit, isn't he?

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(intransitive, chiefly archaic) Know, be aware of (construed with of when used intransitively).

You committed terrible actions "” to wit, murder and theft "” and should be punished accordingly.

They are meddling in matters that men should not wit of.

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(Southern American English) Alternative spelling of with.
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(hunting, Australia) Waterfowl identification test.
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at (one's) wits' end
  • At the limit of one's mental resources; utterly at a loss.
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have
  • To remain alert or calm, especially in a crisis.
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to wit
  • That is to say; namely.
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at one's wits' end
  • At a point where one's mental resources are exhausted; at a loss as to what to do.
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keep one's wits about one
  • To remain mentally alert; function with undiminished acumen, as in an emergency.
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live by one's wits
  • To live by trickery or craftiness.
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to wit
  • That is to say; namely.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

at (one's) wits' end
at one's wits' end
live by one's wits

Origin of wit

  • Middle English from Old English witan weid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English weid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English witt (“understanding, intellect, sense, knowledge, consciousness, conscience"), from Proto-Germanic *witjÄ… (“knowledge, reason"), from Proto-Indo-European *weyd-, *wid- (“see, know"). Cognate with Dutch weet, German Witz, Danish vid, Swedish vett, Gothic 𐌿𐌽𐍅𐌹𐍄𐌹 (unwiti, “ignorance"), Latin videō (“see"). Compare wise.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English witan, from Proto-Germanic *witanÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *weyd-, *wid- (“see, know"). Cognate with Dutch weten, German wissen, Swedish veta, and Latin videō (“I see"). Compare guide.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Wiktionary