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quick–witted

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adjective quick–wit·ted \ˈkwik-ˈwi-təd\

Simple Definition of quick–witted

  • : having or showing the ability to think and understand things quickly

Full Definition of quick–witted

  1. :  quick in perception and understanding :  mentally alert

quick–wit·ted·ly adverb
quick–wit·ted·ness noun

1530

First Known Use of quick–witted

1530

Synonym Discussion of quick–witted

intelligent, clever, alert, quick-witted mean mentally keen or quick. intelligent stresses success in coping with new situations and solving problems <an intelligent person could assemble it fast>. clever implies native ability or aptness and sometimes suggests a lack of more substantial qualities <clever with words>. alert stresses quickness in perceiving and understanding <alert to new technology>. quick-witted implies promptness in finding answers in debate or in devising expedients in moments of danger or challenge <no match for his quick-witted opponent>.

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