adjective \ˈwi-tē\

: funny and clever


Full Definition of WITTY

archaic :  having good intellectual capacity :  intelligent
:  amusingly or ingeniously clever in conception or execution <the costumes are sumptuous and witty — Virgil Thomson> <the musical background is … often witty — Wolcott Gibbs>
:  marked by or full of clever humor or wit:  smartly facetious or jocular <a witty novel>
:  quick or ready to see or express illuminating or amusing relationships or insights <a witty raconteur>
wit·ti·ly \ˈwi-tə-lē\ adverb
wit·ti·ness \ˈwi-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of WITTY

  1. a witty talk show host
  2. <a witty and sardonic blogger who never fails to amuse his legion of readers>
  3. We'd kept everything witty and cool, until the air between us was so ironized that to say anything in earnest would have been a breach of manners, even of trust. —Tobias Wolff, Old School, 2003

Origin of WITTY

(see 2wit)
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of WITTY

witty, humorous, facetious, jocular, jocose mean provoking or intended to provoke laughter. witty suggests cleverness and quickness of mind <a witty remark>. humorous applies broadly to anything that evokes usually genial laughter and may contrast with witty in suggesting whimsicality or eccentricity <humorous anecdotes>. facetious stresses a desire to produce laughter and may be derogatory in implying dubious or ill-timed attempts at wit or humor <facetious comments>. jocular implies a usually habitual fondness for jesting and joking <a jocular fellow>. jocose is somewhat less derogatory than facetious in suggesting habitual waggishness or playfulness <jocose proposals>.

Rhymes with WITTY


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