witty


wit·ty

adjective \ˈwi-tē\

: funny and clever

wit·ti·erwit·ti·est

Full Definition of WITTY

1
archaic :  having good intellectual capacity :  intelligent
2
:  amusingly or ingeniously clever in conception or execution <the costumes are sumptuous and witty — Virgil Thomson> <the musical background is … often witty — Wolcott Gibbs>
3
:  marked by or full of clever humor or wit:  smartly facetious or jocular <a witty novel>
4
:  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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: witwall
Previous Word in the Dictionary: wittol
All Words Near: witty

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up witty? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More